Spencer Lueders, Class 29 (July 2011)

Spencer Lueders is not only an Attorney at Law at K&L Gates, LLP, he is an avid cyclist, a graduate of Leadership Charlotte Class 29, and the founder of 24 Hours of Booty.

24 Hours of Booty is the official 24-hour ride of the LIVESTRONG Foundation, which brings cyclists of all abilities together to raise funds for cancer research and survivorship. The event benefits both The LIVESTRONG Foundation and local cancer organizations.

Spencer founded 24 HOB in 2002, after he and his father raised  money for cancer research by riding all 470 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway in five days.  Spencer was pleased with his accomplishments but he wanted to do more. One day, while riding Charlotte’s “Booty Loop,” (an almost three mile loop around Queens University in Myers Park) Spencer had an idea for an even bigger fund-raising event. As the 24 Hours of Booty website explains, “Call it divine inspiration, killer endorphins or a too-tight helmet, Spencer’s brain wave would ultimately result in something bigger than he could have ever imagined, and 24 Hours of Booty was born.”

2011 celebrates the tenth anniversary of 24 Hours of Booty. The Charlotte event takes place this July 29 and 30. Since 2002, more than 10, 000 riders have raised over $5.3 million for cancer research and survivorship.  24 HOB has expanded beyond Charlotte with events in Atlanta, Georgia and Columbia, Maryland.

Spencer has become a hero to the cancer community and an extraordinary model of community leadership. Leadership Charlotte is proud to recognize Spencer for his outstanding achievements. To learn more about 24 Hours of Booty, visit www.24hoursofbooty.org.

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