100k, 50k, or 10k rides
Saturday September 20th 2008
For Immediate Release
For More information, Contact: Barbara Gibbs: 727-647-6548
Mark Wheeler UCLA Media Relations, 310-794-2265; firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Gibbs has not taken his 2004 diagnosis of a brain tumor lying down. He traveled all the way to UCLA for surgery, and to enroll in a clinical trial for a brain tumor vaccine. Now, in addition to his personal fight, he wants to raise awareness of brain tumors and further research into this deadly disease. Together with his wife, Barb, they came up with the idea for “Miles for Hope,” the first annual charity bike tour to support brain cancer research.
Sponsored by PureSport Sport Drinks, Miles for Hope (MilesForHope.org) will take place on Saturday, September 28 and include 100k, 50k, and 10k routes that have been carefully chosen for safety and enjoyment. The tour will begin at Joe Dimaggio Sports Complex (2450 Drew St., Clearwater), and routes will be fully supported by dedicated volunteers. Snacks and drinks will also be provided and rest stops will be available throughout.
All cyclists, advanced to beginners, can register for the ride by visiting www.MilesForHope.org or on the day of the bike tour. Registration is $40 and includes an event T-shirt, lunch after the tour, and a “goody” bag. Check-in begins at 6 a.m.
The funds raised this year will go to the expansion of brain tumor research. The brain vaccine at UCLA, developed by his neurosurgeon Dr. Linda Liau, uses cells taken from the tumor after it is surgically removed. Currently, the trial only takes patients with Grade III and IV tumors (tumors are graded from 1 to IV depending on their severity). But the Gibbs hope to expand future trials with the money they raise to allow people with Grade II tumors, as well as pediatric patients, to also participate.
There are over 120 different types of brain tumors which makes effective treatment complicated, says Barbara Gibbs. "The general public remains unaware of the magnitude of the disease," she says. "Dealing with the symptoms and deficits that a brain tumor causes can be difficult, but when you add no hope for a cure, that makes it that much more difficult."
"With others who are joining us in our cause, it is our goal to raise at least $200,000 collectively thru this event," says Bob Gibbs. “No donation is too small, because every dollar brings us closer to aid in finding a cure for this otherwise terminal disease."
Tax deductible donations are also accepted. A recap of the first annual Miles for Hope Charity Bike Tour will be sent to all sponsors.
For more information please contact Bob or Barbara Gibbs at 727-647-6548 or by email at email@example.com.