Steve Tappa has been a friend and supporter of the Quad Cities Bicycle Club for many years. As sportswriter for the Rock Island Dispatch-Argus since 1989, Steve has covered every local and national sport. For years he highlighted our club's events in his weekly round-up of Quad Cities athletic events.
It is his longtime coverage of the Quad Cities Criterium that places him as the best bike race reporter in our region. His passion for our races remained strong even as we moved from Rock Island to the Village of East Davenport. His race coverage and interviews of past and present Criterium winners are without peer.
Club members, it's our turn to help Steve and his family. Over the last year Steve has endured pneumonia, congestive heart failure and pulmonary hypertension. This year he had open heart triple bypass surgery and additional invasive procedures related to infections in his sternum. Next year he will have a 10 hour surgery to remove a non-cancerous tumor at the base of his brain which, if successful, will result in deafness in one ear. His family is broke because of his medical bills. Please consider financially helping the Tappa family at GoFundMe
On a lighter note, the Tappa Family Fundraiser is being held at the Rock Island Brewing Company, 1815 2nd Avenue in Rock Island on Friday, December 2 from 6 pm - 2am. Go to Tappa Family Fundraiser on Facebook for details about the silent auction and live music with three bands.
Let's do our part to make sure that Steve interviews the 2017 Quad Cities Criterium winners on the finish line in the Village of East Davenport.