Apr 16, 2012
“Get Off the Couch and Be a Blessing to Others”
You’ve heard your MonaVie leaders ask, “What’s your why?” before. And you’ll hear it said over and over again. That’s because knowing your “why” is an essential component in helping you build your business. Your “why” keeps you moving forward when you feel stuck. And your “why” is what keeps you focused on your ultimate goal—to live “A More Meaningful Life.”
You could say that Team RVLution has taken their “why” up a notch—well, 860 notches to be exact. As a team, they’ve decided to ride the grueling 860 miles from Oceanside, CA to Durango, CO, in a relay-style ride they are calling the Raise Across the West. Their goal is to finish in 55 hours and to raise $100,000 for The MORE Project.
Text “4MORE” to 20222 to donate $10.
The brainchild of Diamond Executive Paul Meehan, 45, Team RVLution is made up of four dedicated MonaVie distributors, Meehan plus David Campbell, Josh Morros, and Steve Stoffel.
Meehan has done two other rides to benefit The MORE Project: 900 miles from Washington, D.C. to Orlando, FL; and 4,200 miles from Vancouver, British Columbia to Orlando, FL. He said he was looking for a larger platform to raise awareness and funds for THE MORE Project and chose the Race Across the West. “My goal was simply to inspire others to get off the couch and be a blessing to others.”
Since discovering his love of cycling, David Campbell, 42, likes to find events that push his limits. “It started with charity rides of 100 miles. Now I’m the Bike MS chair for central Indiana and I help plan and participate in a 200-mile cycling weekend in September,” Campbell said. His wife, Susan, asked last y ear, “What’s next? How do you top this?” Campbell answered, “I’m not sure.” But now he knows. It’s the Race Across the West. “MonaVie understands the value in giving back and being a blessing when you’re blessed.”
Ruby Executive Josh Morros is likely the most high profile of all the riders. The former off-road professional racing star made a miraculous recovery after falling into a coma and being diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury in 2008. "Nutrition was a big part of my recovery, and MonaVie became my number one drink," said Morros. His mother, Teresa, said Josh started cycling because endurance is one of the hardest things to overcome after a brain injury.
In October 2010, Morros placed in the top 10 in a motorcycle race, a major breakthrough. Excited, he shared the news with his grandmother who was battling lung cancer. His grandmother put Josh’s face in her hands and told him, “You were restored for greatness and to touch the lives of others—to share the possibility that anyone can overcome such a horrific trauma. You need to show the world." A month later, Morros’ grandmother passed away.
Last summer, Morros completed a 2,700-mile “Because I Can” bicycle ride in honor of his grandmother. It took him across 10 states to the headquarters of the Brain Injury Association of America in Virginia. After that event, he realized he enjoyed long-haul rides. His mother Teresa says, “Josh’s number one love is a motorcycle with horsepower. With the bicycle, he is trading horsepower for manpower. He is just blessed he has the opportunity to have his own manpower.”
Bronze Executive Steve Stoffel, 53, is the most senior member of the team and also the newest. He described himself as a “professional couch potato” a little over two years ago— weighing in at almost 300 pounds. “During a visit to my doctor for a respiratory infection, he told me to get my health in order or he was going to put me on blood pressure and diabetes medication. I was even denied life insurance because I was such a mess.”
He started using RVL, going to the gym twice a day, and doing P90X and Insanity. He lost almost 100 pounds and has kept it off. A year ago, he took up cycling and completed the two-day 204-mile race from Seattle, WA to Portland, OR. He plans to compete in that race again this year and finish it in one day.
As for the Race Across the West, Stoffel said, “I am riding to challenge myself, but more importantly, to give to the poor families in Brazil.”
To connect with the team and make a donation, visit their website at http://ow.ly/a757C. You can also follow them on Twitter (@TeamRVLution) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/RVLutioncyclingandfitness). Text “4MORE” to 20222 to donate $10.
Stay tuned on how you can watch the team live as they record their Ride Across the West with a helmet camera, June 13-15, 2012.