Gary Bonacker does not know the meaning of the word “quit.” When the chips were down, when some might have counted him out, he’s found a way to keep going, with a smile. He keeps going because he loves life, wants more of it, and wants to keep giving back.
You know his story. Gary was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in 2003. People, that’s ten years ago! After multiple surgeries, and rounds of chemo and radiation, and seizures, he’s still thriving, still smiling, and still optimistic that his best days are yet to come.
As he puts it, he doesn’t want to be known as “the Cancer Guy.” He’d rather be known as “the guy who loves to ride bikes.” Added to which, he’s the big-hearted, affable guy who in 2005 established the Tour des Chutes.
At Worthy Brewing, we are proud to celebrate Gary’s indomitable spirit of going for the gold and giving back. As a tribute, on July 10th, we will be tapping our Gary’s No Quit Wit.
Gary’s No Quit Wit is a Belgian-style wheat ale that’s brewed with a proprietary blend of aromatic spices. This effervescent “white” ale is the quintessential summer brew. Smooth, crisp and refreshing, Gary’s No Quit Wit is the perfect beverage after a blissful ride on your bike.
For every pint of No Quit Wit sold from July 10 -14th, Worthy will donate $1 to the Tour Des Chutes, which in a few short years has gained national prominence as a challenging and inspiring charity ride.
On game day, July 13th, Worthy will be baking a special “Polka Dot” pizza on Gary’s behalf. For you non-cyclists, the polka dot jersey is awarded in stage races to the best mountain climber. He’s that skinny guy you see gritting his teeth, out of the saddle, eyes fixed on the road ahead, pushing himself desperately but exuberantly beyond the limit.
The day after, on Sunday, July 14, we will have a special presentation in the Worthy Bier Garten in which we will present to Gary on the TdC’s behalf a check in the amount of our total donation. So, order Gary’s No Quit Wit and enjoy a great beer, celebrate a great man, and invest in a beautiful event.
Thank you Gary Bonacker, the bike, garden, grit-and-bear-down guy. Thank you Tour des Chutes, the best charity ride in the Pacific Northwest. And thank you St. Charles Cancer Center for helping so many Oregonians with cancer thrive
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