Cross-Country Cyclist to Raise Awareness, Funds for Cancer Research, Services

The American Cancer Society’s Cycling for a Cure, a one-man mission to cycle across America to raise awareness about cancer issues and supports for cancer research, began today in Florence, Oregon.

 

Tyler Weig, a public health advocate from Iowa is in the midst of a 4,000-mile, 51-day bike tour across America in support of patients, survivors and families of those affected by cancer. Inspired by Lance Armstrong and his battle with cancer, Weig hopes that embarking on this journey will encourage others across the country to make a difference in the fight against cancer. The ride will end in Virginia Beach, Va., on July 24.

 

“You don’t have to hop on your bicycle and trek across the country to make a difference,” Weig said. “I hope to inspire people to take steps in their own community to make whatever contributions they can to further the fight against cancer.”

 

To learn more about the American Cancer Society’s Cycling for a Cure or to make a donation, visit the Web site at www.cyclingforacure2005.com.

 

More than 1.2 million people are diagnosed with cancer every year in the United States. There is a one-in-three chance of developing cancer during our lifetime. It is believed that nearly two-thirds of cancer can be prevented and more than half of all new cancers can be detected early.

 

Mark Fetterhoff, a 2005 graduate of Drake University, will drive the support vehicle for Weig’s ride. The Concept Works, Inc., a West Des Moines, Iowa, public and government relations firm, will continue to provide media relations support for the event

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