For Immediate Release: May 3, 2011
Contact: Mya Rae Nelson 202-328-7744
Remarkable Cyclists Riding Coast-to-Coast For Cancer Research
Duo, Aged 73 and 55, Making 3,160-Mile Trek
to Support American Institute for Cancer Research
WASHINGTON, DC –Last month, two inspiring cyclists, 73-year-old Joe Harrison of Apple River, Illinois and Susan Fenn, age 55, of Anchorage, Alaska, set out from San Diego, California for a destination on the other side of the country. Their trip will take them through the Arizona desert, over the mountains of New Mexico, across Texas and into the Deep South, ending up in St. Augustine, Florida.
The pair embarked upon this challenging 3,160-mile journey on April 19 in memory of Joe's late wife and Susan's mother, both of whom died of breast cancer. They are raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research in partnership with the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).
"We have done 2 month-long bicycle rides in the past, however both the temperatures and the terrain were more forgiving," says Susan Fenn. "This ride will take us through extremes. We'll start at sea level, and cross the Continental Divide, with hills, valleys and a desert or two in between. The temperatures may range from 30 to over 100 degrees."
The duo plan to average 60 miles each day. Their path generally follows a route recommended by the Adventure Cycling Association called the Southern Tier Route.
"We're so delighted and grateful that Joe and Susan chose to support AICR's cancer research," said Katie Walls, Development Event Coordinator of AICR. "They are both amazing individuals. Their efforts honor the memory of their loved ones and create a legacy that lives on through direct support of research to prevent, treat and survive breast cancer."
AICR is a cancer charity devoted to studying the role diet, nutrition, physical activity and body weight play in cancer prevention and in cancer survival. AICR estimates that just by eating smart, moving more and staying lean, over 340,000 cancer diagnoses could be prevented in the US every year, including about 2 in 5 cases of breast cancer.
"So park that car a little further from the entrance to the grocery store," Fenn says. "Take the stairs rather than the elevator if you can, but first and foremost: move. Move every moment of the day that you can. It is the immobility of our society that will ultimately do us the most harm."
Research shows that healthy choices help lower cancer risk at any age. In 2010, AICR launched the Never Too Late campaign to make more Americans over 50 aware of this vital, empowering news.
At this writing, Joe and Susan have made it to Texas. There's still time to support their efforts by making a gift. You can also track their remarkable progress through Susan and Joes' engaging blog of their adventures at Coast2Coast Biking.
The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) is the cancer charity that fosters research on the relationship of nutrition, physical activity and weight management to cancer risk, interprets the scientific literature and educates the public about the results. It has contributed more than $96 million for innovative research conducted at universities, hospitals and research centers across the country. AICR has published two landmark reports that interpret the accumulated research in the field, and is committed to a process of continuous review. AICR also provides a wide range of educational programs to help millions of Americans learn to make dietary changes for lower cancer risk. Its award-winning New American Plate program is presented in brochures, seminars and on its website, www.aicr.org. AICR is part of the global network of charities that are dedicated to the prevention of cancer. The WCRF global network is led and unified by WCRF International, a membership association that operates as the umbrella organization for the network. The other charities in the WCRF network are World Cancer Research Fund in the UK (www.wcrf-uk.org); Wereld Kanker Onderzoek Fonds in the Netherlands (www.wcrf-nl.org); World Cancer Research Fund Hong Kong (www.wcrf-hk.org); and Fonds Mondial de Recherche contre le Cancer in France (www.fmrc.fr).
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