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Elliot Silver About to Bicycle 163 Miles to Raise Money for Cancer Care & Research + a 2016 DomainX Conference Update

On August 6 & 7 DomainInvesting.com Founder Elliot Silver will be riding a bike 163 miles over a two-day stretch to help raise funds for Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, America's #1 ranked pediatric cancer center. The ride, from Wellesley, Massachusetts to Provincetown, Massachusetts is part of the 2016 Pan-Mass Challenge that hopes to raise $46 million for Dana-Farber. 

The money will come from donations made in the name of each of the approximately 6,000 riders from over 40 states and many foreign countries. Each rider sets his or her own goal and maintains their own fundraising page. Elliot, who will ride in the Pan-Mass Challenge for the 3rd time, raised over $8,300 in his 2015 ride. This year he set his goal at $10,000 back in February and as of this writing his page shows him just shy of the $8,000 mark with two weeks to go.

On his page Elliot noted that he and his wife Karen have been members of the Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute since moving to Massachusetts. He noted, "I think just about everyone knows someone who is battling or who has battled cancer. I have friends and family 

Elliot Silver

who have dealt with cancer, and I want to help support Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a great organization that is helping people fight cancer and helping to find a cure for cancer."

Today, NamesCon Founder Richard Lau (a cancer survivor himself) wrote an article for DomainInvesting that included a generous offer designed to help Elliot reach his fundraising goal (Richard also donated $500 to the effort on behalf of NamesCon). 

The 2017 NamesCon conference is coming up January 22-25 in Las Vegas and many in the industry are already buying their tickets for the event. By buying them within the next week, you can get them for $599 and support Elliot's effort in a big way. That is because Lau made this offer in his article: "For each Advance Savings Ticket purchased between now and July 30th, NamesCon will donate $300 directly to Elliot’s fundraising efforts – and we’ll even include your name in the supporting message!"

Just about everyone I know in the industry will be going to NamesCon anyhow, so if you haven't gotten your ticket yet, this would obviously be a great time to do it so you can simultaneously help this great cause.

One other note today. On the same weekend Elliot will be riding in the Pan Mass Challenge, I was planning to be at the 2016 DomainX conference in New Delhi, India. Unfortunately, an unexpected development has arisen that will  prevent me from attending. However I still expect to be able to provide our readers with coverage of the event with the help of DomainX organizers and associates who will be on site and will share their photos and first hand accounts of conference activity with us (as they did with this month's World Domain Conference in Wuzhen, China).

I will miss seeing the many friends we made at last year's show (and making new ones) but am looking forward to continuing to cover one of the world's fastest growing and most promising domain communities for many years to come.

(Posted July 23, 2016)

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