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article imageAnne Feeley to bike across the USA for brain cancer research

By KJ Mullins     Feb 28, 2010 in Health
Anne Feeley,55, beat brain cancer, now she wants to raise money and awareness for brain cancer research and support by pedaling across the United States.
On April 9 Feeley, her friend Gundula Hennig and her dog Walter will begin a 4,170 mile journey across the United States for Brains on Bikes. They will begin in San Francisco and hopefully put their kickstands down for the final time three months later in Washington D.C.
Brains on Bikes is helping to raise funds and awareness for the leading research institutions and support groups like Stand Up 2 Cancer; the American Brain Tumor Association; the Brain Tumor Center at the University of California, San Francisco; Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure; and cancer organizations in Europe during their ride.
In 2006 Feeley was diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme tumor. Told by her doctors that she would be lucky to live a year she fought hard to stay alive. Today she is healthy but doctors say that the cancer could return.
Anne begin to exercise with a trainer during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. While undergoing radiation treatments she began to bike to the hospital.
"The odds were terrible," said Feeley. "It was overwhelming, but I felt a need to keep moving, doing whatever exercise possible to get through the debilitating effects of chemotherapy. Exercise is my way of fighting - a way to focus on positive feelings and get strong. I was very lucky to be able to do these things, as many brain tumor patients become paralyzed or blind."
The cost of the campaign for Brains on Bikes has already been covered. The two women will use every dollar raised along the way to fund research and patient support.
"We're looking for supporters, survivors, and partners along the route to meet, ride and have fun," said Feeley. "Together we can muster the will and funds needed to outsmart brain cancer."
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