The cycling and fitness community and the world in general lost a very special man on Tuesday when Jeff Littmann died following a tragic accident. I had the good fortune to meet Jeff 22 years ago when he worked for Vic Tanny Fitness Centers. He wanted to help the MACC Fund and sponsored MACC*Aerobics to raise funds for childhood cancer research. Fitness instructors were staged in the center field bleachers of Milwaukee County Stadium while MACC*Aerobics participants filled the field as high energy music filled the air. It had never been done before, and no one could do it better than Jeff.
He helped us in other ways, too, depending on the venture that he was engaged in. He appeared on MACC*ATHON on Channel 4 and asked the fitness and cycling community to step up to help the kids. He was a very welcome fixture at our TREK 100 Ride for Hope nearly every year. It was always a treat to see his big smile and feel his firm handshake which always led to a bear hug. You could always count on a team of riders joining him. Like he did in 1988, he was doing his part to help the kids.
Colleen Moran has directed our efforts for the TREK 100 since 1998. She recently solicited Jeff for support for the Ridin’ for Research indoor cycling event the MACC Fund is fortunate to benefit from on February 27 at South Milwaukee Junior High School. Jeff gave a gift once again from his aptly named Attitude Sports and sent back a note reminding Colleen to ask him for support for the 2011 TREK 100. Once again, just like he did in 1988, he was doing his part to help the kids.
When we gather at Trek’s headquarters in Waterloo for the TREK 100 next year on June 11, we will be surrounded by the familiar sights and sounds of thousands of generous cyclists and volunteers who each year follow the wonderful lead of Trek Bicycle Corp. in helping the MACC Fund help kids. One very special person will be missing, but the spirit of Jeff Littman will be present in all who knew him. I’ll miss that hug and that smile, but I will always cherish the memories dating back to July 16, 1988 when fitness enthusiasts filled the diamond for MACC*Aerobics under the watchful eye of Jeff Littman.
The MACC Fund extends its most sincere condolences to the Jeff’s wife, his family and countless friends. Thanks for the ride Jeff. Thanks for caring for the kids and thanks for the hugs and smiles. We will never forget you.
~John Cary, Executive Director
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