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One Man, One Motorcycle and Over 42,000 Miles On the
Road 2 A Cure for Pancreatic Cancer
Massive 50-State Awareness Tour Kicks off in Santa Barbara on February 20, 2010
Santa Barbara, CA. (February 15, 2010) – As a 6-year pancreatic cancer survivor, Chris Calaprice is fed up with hearing that pancreatic cancer is a death sentence. He is a survivor – and there are others, but there should be more. Actor Patrick Swayze should still be here. Renowned lecturer Randy Pausch should still be here too. Pancreatic cancer, the 4th leading cause of cancer deaths receives less than 2 percent of the National Cancer Institute’s annual budget. This statistic was so appalling to Chris that he is staging this 9-month-long awareness tour – and receiving his chemo treatments on the road. Yes, you read that correctly. Chris’s doctor, leading oncologist and pancreatic cancer specialist Dr. William Isacoff of Los Angeles, will fly out to meet Chris on the road every 8 weeks to administer his chemo treatments throughout the course of this grueling 42,000-plus-mile motorcycle tour through all 50 of the United States.
So why 42,000+ miles? “I am riding one mile for each person in the U.S. who will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year alone,” says Chris. “You know that old saying ‘knowledge is power?’ Well, knowing you have pancreatic cancer early and finding a specialist gives you the power to act quickly so you don’t die, quite frankly.”
Says Dr. William H. Isacoff, MD, a medical oncologist who practices at the UCLA School of Medicine and Chris’s doctor, “Currently the accepted standard of care for patients with advanced pancreatic cancer is gemcitabine, a drug developed by Eli Lilly and approved by the FDA 13 years ago. It has marginal activity when used as a single agent, resulting in tumor shrinkage in less than 10% percent of patients and a survival benefit that is disappointingly low – less than 6 months. Yet the vast majority of oncologists continue to recommend this treatment to their patients. Since gemcitabine‘s approval by the FDA, no other FDA-approved drug or gemcitabine-based combination has improved this dismal outcome.” Dr. Isacoff, who has treated numerous family members of Hollywood celebrities, adds, “Pancreatic cancer patients should be enrolled in clinical trials that utilize combination chemotherapy using three or four drugs where the treatment regimens are rationally designed with regard to an understanding of dosage, timing, and biochemical interactions. Following a relapse of his pancreatic cancer in 2004, Chris Calaprice received a four-drug chemotherapy regimen – that he remains on today – and currently shows no detectable evidence of the disease.”
We are asking you, our friends in the media, to DO something. Help us rally the troops to show up for the Feb. 20th kick-off in Santa Barbara, or at the Victory dealership in Brea for the pit stop. Help us change – and save – lives.
Road 2 A Cure Kick-off Party info:
WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010
WHERE: Paradise Store and Grill (off Hwy 154)
1 Paradise Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
TIME: 10:00AM – 2:00PM
The tour will kick-off in Santa Barbara and will travel south through Los Angeles down to Palm Springs for the first day of his tour, with a pit stop at Southern California Victory in Brea (515 West Lambert Rd, Brea, CA, 92821/714-256-6700). A detailed tour schedule is available at http://www.road2acure.org. Survivors, supporters, friends and family are invited to come out and participate in this massive kick-off party for Road 2 A Cure’s 50-state tour, which supporters will be able to follow online, and will also be documented on film and ultimately turned into a documentary. Help us make some noise to draw attention to pancreatic cancer and the urgent need for more research and funding. As the tour gets underway, Chris and his team will be meeting with survivors, family members, friends, activists, policy makers, oncologists, medical centers, researchers and local as well as federal legislators to show people what it’s like to live with pancreatic cancer, and to activate change.
Victory Motorcycles has very generously jumped on board to sponsor Chris and Road 2 A Cure, as well as Level Studios and the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association (ATRA). “Victory Motorcycles is proud to offer the loan of the award-winning Victory Vision for this project. The Vision has proven to be a reliable and comfortable machine, and when outfitted with touring accessories is more than capable of this long and busy trip. The Victory Vision Tour ABS model we are loaning represents modern American design and production quality, and features all that a rider needs to turn miles and turn heads. The staff at Victory motorcycles wishes a safe journey to all involved, and is happy to be associated with such a unique and progressive event program,” states Robert Pandya, External Relations Manager for Victory Motorcycles.
For more information on this monumental 50-state road tour or for information on donating or sponsoring Road 2 A Cure, please visit http://www.Road2ACure.org, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 661-702-9202.
“Currently the survival rate for pancreatic cancer is just 5% beyond 5 years. I’m still here almost 7 years, and I want to be the new face of a ‘survivor.’ So I’m doing something about it with Road 2 A Cure – and you can help us” – Chris Calaprice, Founder of Road 2 A Cure, pancreatic cancer survivor and melanoma skin cancer survivor.
ABOUT ROAD 2 A CURE: Road 2 A Cure co-founders Jennifer and Chris Calaprice became involved in the fight against pancreatic cancer in October of 2003 when Chris was diagnosed. Road 2 A Cure, a 501(c)(3) non–profit organization, was their answer to making their own fight have a global impact in the war against cancer. Road 2 A Cure is out doing what others won’t – speaking their minds and actively engaging those affected by pancreatic cancer and those responsible for finding a cure.