CAMARILLO, Calif., Sept. 25 /PRNewswire/ — On October 12, 2008 Road2ACure kicks off its first official fundraiser, Road2ACure: The California Ride and Rally at Grove Park in Camarillo, CA raising awareness for pancreatic cancer and revving up for its upcoming 50 state motorcycle and documentary tour commencing February 2009.
At the October 12th event Chris Calaprice, co-founder of Road2ACure and five-year pancreatic and melanoma cancer survivor will lead bikers in a stunning ride beginning with a parade through downtown Ventura drawing attention to pancreatic cancer and its urgent need for funding and research. The ride continues along the coastline and through Ventura County’s canyons and back to the starting point for a final rally with vendors, competitions, family friendly activities, raffle prizes, and many auction items. Riders and non-riders can chow down on a BBQ lunch, and party to the sounds of the Flailington’s, the Voodoo Dogs, and the Guinness world record holder for fastest harmonica player; Nicky Shane. Rider registration opens at 8:30am; ride begins at 10am; rally starts at 12pm. Online pre-registration is $25 per person, $30 day of, and children under 10 are free.
This initial kickoff ride underscores Road2ACure’s mission to raise national awareness for pancreatic cancer, creating hope for survivors, their families and volunteers with media attention to help raise funds and ultimately find a cure for this deadly disease. Beginning February 21-October 11, 2009, Chris embarks on a 50 state motorcycle tour with a live film crew documenting the ride. Along the way, Chris and his wife Jennifer, Road2ACure president, will organize rides and rallies throughout the country modeled after the October 12th ride. They will be visiting pancreatic cancer survivors, caregivers, volunteers, grassroots activists, policy makers, oncologists, medical centers and local and federal legislators to drive home the necessity for progress in early detection, treatment and finally a cure. Chris, who has been receiving chemotherapy since his cancer diagnosis in 2003, will continue his treatment while on the tour that spans over 20,000 miles.
Highlighting the ride’s significance, Chris explains, “We need to make some noise and shed the spotlight on this bogeyman cancer. We must speak for those busy in the fight for survival, for those who have lost the battle, and for the 37,000 plus other Americans who will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year alone.” Chris concludes insisting, “I believe in the power of people to make change through action. It is time to act NOW.”
Pancreatic cancer is the 4th leading cause of cancer death in the United States, yet its funding accounts for less than 2% of the National Cancer Institute’s annual budget. Over 37,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year alone; only 25% will survive more than a year. Only 5% will survive past 5 years. Because pancreatic cancer is one of the few cancers for which survival has not improved substantially over the past 25 years, there is the need to raise such awareness and funding NOW. Road2ACure was founded with the intention of bringing this urgency to the forefront of the public’s attention.
Jennifer and Chris Calaprice became involved in the fight against pancreatic cancer in October of 2003 when Chris was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Together with friends, family, and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, they launched their 1st motorcycle Ride for Hope and rally that raised $40,000. Its success spurred them to want to do more and have a more far reaching impact. Road2ACure, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (paperwork finalization in progress) was their answer to making their own fight have a global impact. Dedicated to raising awareness and funds for pancreatic cancer, Road2ACure is endorsed by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
For more information on Road2ACure The California Ride and Rally, the 50 State Motorcycle Tour and Documentary or to receive information on donating, please visit us online at http://www.road2acure.org/.
CONTACT: Jennifer Calaprice, President Road2ACure (661) 702-9202 (805) 455-5235 [email protected] http://www.road2acure.org/
CONTACT: Jennifer Calaprice, President of Road2ACure, +1-661-702-9202,+1-805-455-5235, [email protected]
Web site: http://www.road2acure.org/