What Spins The Wheel

What Spins the Wheel book cover

Entrepreneur. Endurance Athlete. Author. Speaker, Philanthropist. Len Forkas.

In his book, What Spins the Wheel, Len Forkas shares team-building lessons such as the power of forgiveness and gratitude, knowing your limits, and honoring roles. So acclaimed is the book, that Len has been asked to share these lessons in speeches across the United States.

Len has appeared on CNN Anderson Cooper 360, Fox 5- WTTG, Fox & Friends, and WJLA ABC7.

It all started years ago, when Len Forkas learned that his son Matt had leukemia. Forkas immediately began searching for a way to help Matt, now an adult, cope with the debilitating loneliness and isolation that occurs to all children during treatment. At a time when webcam technology was still in its infancy, he pioneered a way for his son to connect digitally to his classmates. In 2003, he founded Hopecam, a non-profit dedicated to providing the same for cancer-stricken children around the world.

Len Forkas speakingLen’s unrelenting dedication to Hopecam compelled him to accept a daunting fundraising challenge. In 2012, he competed in one of the world’s toughest endurance events: Race Across America, a 3,000-mile, coast-to-coast solo bicycle race that participants must finish in 12 days. Len finished in 11. In What Spins the Wheel, Len describes the management challenges and what he learned as he fought through the scorch of deserts and the joint-wrenching cold of 11,000-foot mountain elevations, propelled by an effective all-volunteer team that supported him around the clock.

In the News

Fox and Friends Interview

Anderson Cooper 360 Interview

What People Are Saying

Janet Fitch

Mr. Forkas was not only inspirational, but instantly connected with our 100+ attendees. His energetic and thoughtful engagement was noticed and continued to drive a dynamic and positive experience for our team throughout our two day event. He was able to successfully relate his personal experience to our team with ease, humor and humility.
— Janet L. Fitch, Chief of Staff, Booz Allen Hamilton

Joe Kernan

“Len has taken the opportunity to document a self-imposed yet purposeful experience that few have either the motivation or the courage to embark upon. Precipitated by a difficult medical event in his family  and manifested in a relentless commitment to his program to keep medically isolated students in a classroom environment,  a cycling challenge moved Len to places of discovery and reinforcement. Len’s experiences in teamwork, courage, perseverance, resilience and self-challenge remind me of attributes most valued and salient in the Naval Special Warfare community.  A story underscored by an unwavering commitment to his family and Matt, prepare to be inspired.
Vice Admiral Joe Kernan, US Navy SEAL, (Ret)

Steve Gladis

“You don’t have to be a cyclist to get a lot out of What Spins the Wheel. Established and aspiring business leaders and athletes of all stripes will come away with many useful lessons. It’s also the kind of book you’ll want to give to a new high school or college graduate, or to someone who wants to embark on a hero’s journey. That someone may even be you.”
Steve Gladis, Ph.D, CEO, Steve Gladis Leadership Partners

Ned Overend

“What Spins the Wheel is an inspirational account of Len’s journey to promote awareness for childhood cancer. Len speaks to the power of what can be accomplished with a positive, motivated team. This book is filled with gems of wisdom about uniting people towards a common goal.”
— Ned OverendWorld Mountain Biking Champion

Thomas Murphy

“Always, whether in business, politics or life, when a person tries to do something new, there are those giving a hundred reasons why it won’t work or you shouldn’t even try…  Len Forkas’ book captures  the essential ingredients necessary to succeed in the face of  timidity. Regardless of what you do now, it is a read that will change your perceptive about what you CAN do!”
Thomas Murphy Jr., Senior Fellow, The Urban Land Institute and Past Mayor of Pittsburgh, PA