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Alaska cyclist pedals to beat breast cancer RIDING ACROSS U.S.: Fenn raises awareness and funds for research.
By MIKE CAMPBELL
mcampbell@adn.com
Published: May 16th, 2011 11:14 PM

Anchorage cyclist Dr. Susan Fenn is in the middle of a cross-country trip from San Diego to St. Augustine, Fla., to raise money for breast cancer research, pedaling side by side with 73-year-old Joe Harrison of Apple River, Ill.
“We have done two-month-long bicycle rides in the past, however both the temperatures and the terrain were more forgiving,” Fenn, who is with Alaska Podiatry Associates of Anchorage, said in a press release. “This ride will take us through extremes. We’ll start at sea level, and cross the Continental Divide, with hills, valleys and a desert or two in between. The temperatures may range from 30 to over 100 degrees.”
They are blogging as they go. The last entry was Thursday, their 24th day of pedaling, from Del Rio, Texas, where a severe thunderstorm was threatening to deliver hail the size of quarters.
The 3,160-mile trip that began April 19 has already taken Fenn and Harrision through the Arizona desert, over the mountains of New Mexico and into Texas.
The ride is in memory of Harrison’s late wife and Fenn’s mother, both of whom died of breast cancer. They are raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research in partnership with the American Institute for Cancer Research, a charity devoted to studying the role diet, nutrition, physical activity and body weight play in cancer prevention and survival.
“So park that car a little further from the entrance to the grocery store,” Fenn said. “Take the stairs rather than the elevator if you can, but first and foremost: move. Move every moment of the day that you can. It is the immobility of our society that will ultimately do us the most harm.”
Before long, Fenn and Harrison may relish a day with a little immobility. Thursday was a 62-mile push from Langtry to Del Rio, Texas, about the average length ride. It began at 7 a.m. when the temperature was 77 degrees and the humidity was pushing 90 percent.
“It is only us, the ever-diligent border patrol and the semi trucks, which give us a quick shower by providing us with a sprinkling of roadside water whenever they pass,” Fenn noted in the couple’s online journal.
At times, it seems they can’t get enough water.
“The increasing heat, hills and humidity are difficult for me,” Fenn wrote a day earlier. “We arrive in Langtry and immediately make a beeline to the general store. We quench our thirst: a liter of fluid for each of us, though we had been regularly hydrating and stopping in the shade.”

Reach reporter Mike Campbell at mcampbell@adn.com or 257-4329.

St. Augustine, FL covers Susan and Joe!

http://staugustine.com/living/health/2011-05-25/cyclists-biking-cancer-research

Similar article posted on  St. Augustine.com. St. Augustine, FL is our final destination!

AICR E-News Article:

Riding Coast-to-Coast For Cancer Research

Last month, two inspiring cyclists – both over the age of 50 – set out from San Diego, California for a destination on the other side of the country in order to raise support for cancer research. Their trek will take them through the Arizona desert, over the mountains of New Mexico, across Texas and into the Deep South, ending up in St. Augustine, Florida.

Joe Harrison, 73, of Apple River, Illinois and Susan Fenn, age 55, of Anchorage, Alaska, embarked upon this challenging 3,160-mile journey on April 19 in memory of Joe’s wife and Susan’s mother, both of whom died of breast cancer. They are raising awareness and funds for cancer research in partnership with the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR).

“We have done 2 month-long bicycle rides in the past, however both the temperatures and the terrain were more forgiving,” says Susan. “This ride will take us through extremes. We’ll start at sea level, and cross the Continental Divide, with hills, valleys and a desert or two in between. The temperatures may range from 30 to over 100 degrees.”

The duo plan to average 60 miles each day. Their path generally follows a route recommended by the Adventure Cycling Association called the Southern Tier Route.

“We’re so delighted and grateful that Joe and Susan chose to support AICR’s cancer research,” said Katie Walls, Development Event Coordinator for AICR. “They are both amazing individuals. Their efforts honor the memories of their loved ones and create a legacy that lives on through direct support of research to prevent, treat and survive breast cancer.”

AICR estimates that just by eating smart, moving more and staying lean, more than 340,000 cancer diagnoses could be prevented in the United States every year, including about 2 in 5 cases of breast cancer.

“So park that car a little further from the entrance to the grocery store,” Susan says. “Take the stairs rather than the elevator if you can, but first and foremost: move. Move every moment of the day that you can. It is the immobility of our society that will ultimately do us the most harm.”

Research shows that healthy choices help lower cancer risk at any age. In 2010, AICR launched the Never Too Late campaign to make more Americans over 50 aware of this vital, empowering news.

There’s still time to support Susan’s and Joe’s efforts by making a gift. You can also track their remarkable progress through a blog of their adventures.

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    We are two intrepid travelers: Joe Harrison, age 73, of Apple River, Illinois and Susan Fenn, age 55, of Anchorage, Alaska. We plan on riding from San Diego, CA on the Pacific Ocean to St. Augustine, FL on the Atlantic Ocean, a distance of 3,160 miles, through extremes of both terrain and temperature. The purpose of the ride is to raise money for cancer research. Joe’s late wife and Susan’s mother both died from breast cancer. Please follow the daily updates on this newest adventure. Your generous support would be appreciated.

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