Jon Theophilus, captain of Team Brooksource learned of 24 Foundation in its inaugural year in Indianapolis in 2012. Jon’s wife Megan, who works at Butler University as an event planner, let them know about the new event near campus. They registered as Team Brooksource, using their business name to show their shared an interest in riding and giving back to their community.
The team members have always promoted family culture and giving back to the community, so 24 Foundation was a great fit for them. They set team, as well as individual mileage goals and support each other 100 percent along the way. The first year participating in 24 Foundation they set out to each ride 100 miles and have increased their mileage goal each year.
The team even creates individual incentives to help them reach their personal goals. For example, one teammate has wagered shaving his head this year if he reaches his fundraising goal. The 24 Foundation event has improved the relationship between these co-workers by participating together in events outside of work. It’s also a way to motivate the team to get back on the bike after a long winter and get back into shape.
Aside from their want to give back to the community, 24 Foundation was a fitting event for Team Brooksource to participate in due to Jon’s personal connection to cancer. When Jon was 11 years old his father was diagnosed with colon cancer and passed a few years later.
“I ride in his memory and to raise funds and awareness so that someday other families will not lose loved ones to this terrible disease,” said Jon Theophilus, team captain of Team Brooksource.
Team Brooksource loves the sense of community the event brings to Indianapolis, especially the spectators and volunteers that are out on the loops cheering the riders on.
“We also enjoy hanging out in camp when we are not out on the loop, and of course we spend plenty of time in the food tent! Oh and the midnight pizza party!,” Jon said.
For Jon, the best part of the 24 Foundation event is the final lap. There is always an extra boost of energy for that last lap because he knows he has accomplished his goal.
“My time on the bike lets me reflect on the past year, remember my dad, think of those currently battling cancer and be thankful for the good health of my friends and family,” Jon said.
This year is extra special for Jon and his family. They welcomed their first son this year in March and he is so excited to know he is playing his part to hopefully find a cure for cancer. He wants to know his son can grow up in a world where no one needs to worry about losing a loved one to cancer.