Live, Love and Ride…that's the slogan on BikerMonkey's blog post. If only life was truly that simple. Cancer affects virtually every family in some way… loved ones, friends, neighbors and coworkers. And like so many American's, one member of Brent Walters' (aka BikerMonkey) family has cancer. So, Brent and his wife have set up a fundraiser to raise money for cancer research—The 'Extreme Ride for Extreme Cancer Research SaddleSore/BunBurner/BunBurner Gold,' which will benefit The Gateway for Cancer ResearchSM, a nonprofit organization that funds innovative research focused on helping today's cancer patients feel better, live longer and be cured.
"We chose The Gateway for Cancer Research for two reasons," said Brent. "First, 99 cents of every dollar they receive goes to fund cancer research. That is significantly more than any other major cancer charity. I'm a CFO from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm, so I know those numbers have a lot of meaning. The second reason we chose The Gateway for Cancer Research is that The Gateway funds innovative cancer research for people and not mice … phase I and phase II human clinical trials… for better treatments and hopefully, cures for cancer patients today. If we are going to find a cure for cancer, then we need to focus our money and attention on cancer research."
For a man who lives the motto: Live, Love and Ride… Brent has set up a fundraiser doing one thing that he knows really well: extreme motorcycle riding! Working with a group called the Iron Butt Association, which recognizes and qualifies motorcycle riders into an elite status of being certifiable, BikerMonkey along with his wife is hosting an extreme riding event that is made up of three categories: SaddleSore - 1,000 miles in 24 hours; BunBurner - 1,500 in 36 hours; and BunBurner Gold - 1,500 in 24 hours. The registration fee covers paperwork processing and registration with the Iron Butt Association ($38.00). The registration for the extreme event is slightly higher at $50.00, so that $12.00 per rider can be donated to The Gateway for Cancer Research. Additional donations raised by participants during the ride and throughout the event will also be given to The Gateway.
The extreme endurance ride will take place on June 2, 2012 and will start and finish at the local Harley Davidson shop – Adam Smith's Texas Harley Davidson in Bedford, TX.
"We are very grateful to have been chosen as the beneficiary of such a wonderful, meaningful event," said Lynette Bisconti, President of The Gateway for Cancer Research, and a 14-year cancer survivor. "Cancer has reached an epidemic level and a weapon we have to fight it is research. Support from events like the Extreme Ride for Extreme Cancer Research SaddleSore/BunBurner/BunBurner Gold help make it possible for us to fund critically needed research that can lead to more treatment options for cancer patients. 99 cents of every dollar we receive from the event will go to fund cancer research," said Bisconti. "I'm proud of the cancer research that The Gateway funds. We're funding leading edge clinical trials that aim to positively impacting the lives of cancer patients at the earliest opportunity."
Motorcycle riders of the world unite. Here is a chance to experience an extreme ride and raise money for cancer research. For more information, to register or to donate, visit: http://bikermonkeyblog.com/2012/03/02/extreme-riding-for-extreme-cancer-research-saddlesore-bunburner-june-2-2012/
Learn more about The Gateway for Cancer Research and the types of research funded, at www.demandcurestoday.org.
ABOUT THE GATEWAY FOR CANCER RESEARCH
The Gateway for Cancer ResearchSM is a non-profit organization committed to funding innovative research and bold new ideas for lifesaving treatments. We're demanding cures to improve and save the lives of today's patients, now. Our mission is to speed clinical breakthroughs to the bedside to help cancer patients live longer, feel better and be cured today. Since our founding in 1991, The Gateway has funded $19 million in leading-edge research, including blending the best of conventional and complementary/alternative therapies. Follow us on Twitter@DemandCures and become a fan at facebook.com/GatewayCancerResearch.
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