began in October 2012, when Charlotte native and mother of four, Jenny Mulligan, was diagnosed with terminal Stage IV glioblastoma. Fueled by her desire to help, Jenny’s sister, Maria Parker, entered in the grueling Race Across America (RAAM) 2013, and is using it as a platform to raise $1 million for brain cancer research. Maria, 50, is an avid cyclist, who in the last 3 years has set 4 world records for endurance riding, including a new 24-hour world record of 469 miles, set in October.
Brain Cancer is universally fatal.
Over 24,000 cases of malignant brain cancer will be diagnosed in 2013, with 4,300 of those diagnosed being children. Currently, there is no known cure for brain cancer. Brain cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in children behind leukemia, the second leading cause of cancer death in males ages 20-39, and the tenth leading cause of cancer death in women. In 2012, 13,700 people will die from cancer of the brain or nervous system. The prognosis for somebody diagnosed with Jenny’s cancer is extremely short – averaging only 12-14 months.
Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure is different from other cancer foundations
Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2) was founded in 2001 to address the lack of treatment options for brain cancer patients. Since 2001, ABC2 has raised over $16 million to provide to research investigators for brain cancer research. ABC2 applies an entrepreneurial approach to medical research, essentially “buying down the risk” in the drug discovery process to bridge the gap that exists between academic research and pharmaceutical companies which bring those treatments to patients. It is because of this unusual approach to research and discovery that 3000 Miles to a Cure has chosen to donate all their proceeds to ABC2.
Race Across America is the world’s toughest sporting event
Race Across America (RAAM), is one of the most highly respected endurance sports events in the world. Outdoor Magazine calls RAAM the “world’s toughest sporting event”. Maria will begin the race in Oceanside, California, and will climb over 170,000 vertical feet and ride over 3,000 miles to Annapolis, Maryland, over the course of about 10 days. RAAM is 1000 miles longer than the Tour de France and completed non-stop, in half the time. Since 1982, only 31 women have finished the race.
A grassroots approach to fundraising
3000 Miles to a Cure is adopting a grassroots approach to fundraising. While not ignoring corporate donors, we are focusing on individuals who can give $5 or $10. If 200,000 people pledge to give just $5 each, we will have met our $1 million fundraising goal. Today, brain cancer has no cure. You and I can change that.
For more information:
Maria Parker Rob Redfearn
(910) 785-2435 (910) 734-9953