Climbing against brain cancer

The climbRob Sweitser sent news of this project: a kick up the notorious Alpe d’Huez to raise money against brain cancer:

“Here in Holland we are organising a footbike charity event to help fight cancer: specifically brain tumors. It is called ‘SteppenTegenKanker.

“In brief: August 28, 2010 we are going to climb the Alpe d’Huez – on our footbikes. The Alpe d’Huez is known as one of the top cols in the Tour de France. The climbing trail is 8.7 miles only. Just 21 sharp curves. On average it’s a climb of 8.5% with a 15% maximum grade! It will elevate us about 3,500 feet to a highest point of about 6,000 feet. In 2001 and in 2004 Lance Armstrong was the winner of this stretch of the Tour de France!

“Not just 10 guys on a footbike, 20, 30 – no, we already have 80 participants registered and we are targetting 300. Each of the participants will need to find sponsors for their participation fee of €1,500. Some of us will gather more than €10-15,000. In total we want to bring together at least €450,000 – just enough for one scientific research project into brain tumors. It will help create visibility of the seriousness of the disease and hopefully a cure one day. Some 200,000 people are diagnosed with a primary brain tumor every year. The disease is deadly. Nearly 100% die from the disease, on average within 15 months after diagnosis.

“So far we have had our first, second and third training events (YouTube links).

“All publicity will help create awareness of the killing disease.”

A tip of the helmet to Moses at FootbikeUSA for the heads-up.


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