Floyd Landis to speak at an Arthritis Benefit in Columbia on Nov. 14th.
University's Comparative Orthopaedic Laboratory.
Here are the details: The Comparative Orthopaedic Laboratory's 2009 Arthritis Benefit will be held at 6PM on Saturday, November 14th at the Orr Street Gallery. This benefit is a fundraiser to support the diagnosis and treatment of arthritis in people and animals. The event will feature a silent auction, dinner and keynote address by professional cyclist Floyd Landis. Guests pay a donation of $250 per person to attend. Proceeds go directly to support arthritis research at MU's Comparative Orthopaedic Laboratory. To attend, please contact Gina at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Landis, who races for UCI Continental team OUCH Pro Cycling Team, suffered a fractured hip in January 2003. It was repaired successfully, but over time, his femoral head became necrotic, resulting in collapse of the bone that makes up the ball of the ball and socket hip joint. With the loss of underlying bone came the eventual diagnosis of severe advanced osteoarthritis. After riding through the pain and winning the Tour of California and Tour de France in 2006, he underwent a hip resurfacing procedure. Having served a two year ban from the sport for allegedly testing positive for synthetic testosterone during the Tour de France, Landis is now back in the saddle again to see if he can overcome the ghosts of the past and become the first major professional cyclist to race successfully on an artifical hip.
I contacted the folks at the University's Ortho Lab and they confirmed all the details above and provided me with the X-rays that Landis' people sent them:
As detailed in the official 2008 event recap document, the state made $29.8 million dollars, nearly a 30-to-1 return. Not a bad investment, eh Governor Nixon?