Alive cyclists gruelling challenge for cancer – across 7 countries in 7 days
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This Thursday a group of 47 cyclists from Gozo and Malta, together with a back-up team, will be leaving for Liechtenstein, for a gruelling challenge across seven countries in seven days finishing at the Puttinu premises in Sutton, UK, on the 16th of July.
For the cyclists taking part in the Daikin ALIVE2015 Cycling Challenge for Cancer, this will be their final challenge, following 16 weeks of intensive training, when they will be cycling for a minimum of 8 hours a day across Liechtenstein, the Alps and Switzerland, into the Black Forest and south west Germany into the Alsace region of France, where they will cross the Vosges Mountains and enter Luxembourg. After crossing Luxembourg, they will cross southern Belgium, the English Channel to Dover and finish at the Puttinu premises in Sutton England.
Dr Pierre Schembri Wismayer said, “much of the research already funded by ALIVE is aimed at better understanding the cancer’s genetic background in Malta and how to best tackle it. This year, they will be funding research into actually treating cancers. And for this we are very thankful. Once a cancer has spread, there are three things which can go round the body and damage the harmful cells all over the body.”
“These are chemicals in the blood, as well as viruses and the immune system itself. The anatomy department studies all three of these methodologies in order to target cancers, primarily in young people and children. Differentiation therapy uses non -toxic chemicals to make cancer cells grow old and die whilst using safe viruses and the body’s own immune system together can help attack cancer which has spread and is not amenable to operation.” Dr Pierre Schembri Wismayer concluded.
The ALIVE team is trying to raise €100,000, which will be facilitated through the University’s Research Trust (RIDT), to finance a Ph.D. student in cancer research for children. The student will join other researchers led by Senior Lecturer Dr Pierre Schembri Wismayer from the University of Malta Department of Anatomy of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and the Department’s Head Dr Jean Calleja Agius.
Funds will also be going towards the children’s recreation centre at the new Rainbow Ward in the new Oncology hospital.
The Daikin ALIVE2015 Cycling Challenge for Cancer is being held in collaboration with Puttinu Cares, the Anatomy Department of the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery of the University of Malta, Mater Dei Hospital and RIDT.
So far €79,000 has been raised, please help them reach their goal of €100,000.
Everyone is encouraged to donate for this good cause. Donations can be done online here.
Or via SMS on 50617364 – €2.33 / 50618081 – €4.66 / 50618913 – €6.99/ 50619208 – €11.65