I received an email yesterday that is a pretty cool story. It involves two guys who are taking the bike ride of a lifetime in honor of Fremont, California-based HERS Breast Cancer Foundation (HBCF) and to bring awareness to breast cancer. One of the great things about cycling in all forms is the ability to bring people together for a cause. Over recent years, bringing awareness to different forms of cancers has been at the forefront of raising awareness and funding in cycling.
This latest pair is doing a really cool ride that will help bring that awareness even farther.
From Andria at Gutenberg PR:
It is my pleasure to tell you about two courageous young men who have decided to bike from Alaska to South America. After experiencing the challenges and triumph of breast cancer with his mother, Neil Walsky is leading this endeavor. After watching his mother struggle to get the essential products that insurance doesn’t cover, such as lymphedema and post-mastectomy garments, Walsky was immediately attracted to HBCF and its mission to help women with or without insurance receive these necessities. HBCF is an organization dedicated to supporting all women who are battling breast cancer or are breast cancer survivors, regardless of their financial or insurance situation.
Walsky, a recent Civil Engineer graduate and ex-pro Switzerland hockey player, will be joined by best friend Jesse Frechione. Between the two, they have racked up less than 1,000 miles on a bike in their lifetimes. However, both believe this challenging adventure only adds more inspiration to their mission and increases their determination and passion to raise money for HBCF.
Walsky and Frechione’s will ride through Alaska, Canada, Washington, Oregon, California, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, and will complete their journey in Colombia. From new bicycle equipment, camping gear and navigation equipment – these guys have planned for it all, using some of the most advanced gear available.
The two will be departing today, August 23rd, for this extraordinary biking expedition.
I founded Bike198 back in 2007 and started riding bikes seriously in 1994. A lot has changed since that time and one of the greatest releases is still getting out on the bike and shredding trail or tearing up the road.