25th, Team Standing Cyclist rider Frank Angelo Cavaluzzi rolled out from the outskirts of Pittsburgh, PA on a "saddle-less" standing solo bicycle tour ending in Washington
DC on August 31th, to raise awareness for mesothelioma cancer research and the struggle to ban the use and importation
The Mckeesport Daily News had
published a series of articles about this special meso event. CLICK TO READ
TRIP PHOTOS and ROUTE
This trip route was tracked live
using a SPOT Satellite Messenger which automatically sent the rider's coordinates via satellite to GoogleMaps. We've recorded
this journey as a SPOT Adventure, for future viewing. Photos taken along the route appear within the map, as well. CLICK TO VIEW
Frank Cavaluzzi rode a custom
bicycle, in a standing riding position. The frame was modified to prevent the possible use of a seat in route. Another
unique feature of this bicycle was a single-speed, fixed-gear drivetrain. In simple terms, the bike could not coast.
When the wheels were spinning, the rider's legs were spinning. The route was primarily off-road and followed along the
Great Alleghany Passage and C&O Canal Towpath trail systems. End-to-end these two trails total 320+ miles and connect
the Pittsburgh area to central DC. Frank covered between 40 and 60 miles of off-road terrain per day, for 7 days, carrying
food, water and camping gear. There were several stops along the way for chats about the cause and media coverage.
Mesothelioma is a cancer caused by exposure to the "miracle mineral" asbestos. Each year
there are thousands more afflicted by this disease. A disease that has no known cure. Many of us connect the name mesothelioma
with television commercials, attorneys and lawsuits. These suits are in fact justified, however, they should never distract
us from the horrors of this disease. Mesothelioma is about real people suffering real pain and families crushed by loss.
Even some members of the cancer community and research groups remain confused about the facts. Compared to other cancers, funding
for meso-related cancer research remains low, while each year an increasing amount of meso patients lose their lives.
While many other cancers can now be treated, there is no effective treatment for meso. The word mesothelioma has become
synonymous with "terminal".
The Truth About Asbestos
when we combine greed and ignorance with hazardous materials, people die. The dangers of asbestos have been known since
the early 1900's, yet even today we can still find products containing this deadly component. Many of us, including some
legislators, find it hard to believe that something so dangerous can be allowed to remain in our lives. Many believe
it has been totally banned, but this is not the case. Typically, it takes 10 to 50 years to feel the effects of asbestos
exposure. By not educating ourselves and taking action today, we are jeopardizing the health of our children in years to come.
cyclist solo tour has been symbolic of the history and progression of asbestos, mesothelioma and the move to eliminate both
from our lives. For many years, the Pittsburgh area experienced tremendous industrial activity and the use of asbestos
became the norm. Today, the number of mesothelioma cases here is up to 24% higher than our national average. DC represents
the future of mesothelioma relief. The power to ban asbestos use and importation resides in DC. The power to increase funding
for research sits on Capitol Hill. DC was the logical end point for this saddle-less challenge. The end of asbestos, the end
Make a Difference
In support of this effort, you may still donate directly to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation through Larry Davis' Miles for Meso web site in honor of his
amazing efforts, where your money will go towards raising awareness in Washington DC, finding a cure for mesothelioma cancer.
MANY THANKS - A word from Standing Cyclist Frank A Cavaluzzi
In preparing for this trip and
throughout the journey, I had the pleasure of teaming with and meeting many wonderful people. It would be impossible to recognize
everyone. Here's just a small sampling.
First and foremost, Larry Davis
for inspiring, supporting and sponsoring this event. Courtney Davis for her endless energy and creative talent.
I thank them both for their faith in my ability to achieve our goal. It was a stretch, but we did it! Danelle Mangone from
the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation - thanks for coming out and supporting our efforts!
Sean and the team over at Action Bikes & Outdoor for always supporting my bizarre requests. Keegan out at Trail Foods for some great last minute supplies. Patrice down at Big Wheel Bikes in DC, for cutting us a break. Lin, Dolores and Tom at the Yough Shore Inn for your warmth and hospitality right from the start. Joyce and Bob MacGregor
from the Mckeesport Trail Commission. Pat Cloonan and Ben Filio from the Mckeesport Daily News. Beth and Jim for stepping
up. Bryce and Bill. Mike. Phil and Lawana. F.B. Thomas Drug Store in Meyersdale, PA. That Swedish girl. Carol and Mike. Hans
the world "recumbent" traveler. Sarah, Mark, Samuel and Maddie. My new buddy Bob near Meyersdale. Dale and Sandy. Jim and
Jo. John and Joy. Tom and Alisha. The homeless gentleman cyclist near the dam. Jill. Terry. Amy and Charles. Madagascar
Jane - hey you never know. The boys at James Hoban's Irish Pub - you pour a wicked pint. Ebensburg Comfort Inn. Stephanie
from England. Greyhound Bus Service. Arnold and Nida from The Inn at Dupont Circle North. River's Edge Camping. Husky Haven Camping. Mr. Hardware in Hancock, MD
- thank you sir for the wrench. C&O Bicycle in Hancock, MD - thank you guys for the Mr. Hardware tip, or I'd still
be riding in circles. The Best Western in State College, PA.
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