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Biking Along the Pacific Coast for A Cause

Harrison and Finn enter Mexico by bikeBiking across the country just wasn’t enough for inspiring do-gooders Joe Harrison and Susan Fenn, 76 and 58 respectively. In 2011, Joe and Susan biked from San Diego, CA to the East Coast, in memory of Joe’s wife and Susan’s mother, both of whom passed away from cancer, to raise money on behalf of AICR. This year, Joe and Susan got back on their bikes and traveled south along the West Coast from Canada to Mexico. They completed their journey on November 7th after 43 days of biking through inclement weather and the West Coast’s many hills.

Susan and Joe’s journey started in the Pacific Northwest in late September. Although their trip began with sunshine, Joe and Susan soon had to contend with a deluge of rain and below seasonal temperatures. Joe even found himself wearing socks on his hands to keep warm. Not only did they have to battle through the elements, Joe and Susan carried all of their gear on their bikes, estimating that each bike weighed between 60 and 80 pounds. Luckily for them, conditions improved and their next few weeks were drier, albeit chilly.

Many might find the premise of biking along busy West Coast roads filled with RVs, logging trucks and the like, to be frightening, but for Joe and Susan this is the norm. The memories of their loved ones kept them motivated when traversing busy roads and climbing the steep hills of the West.

Please be sure to check out their blog, which has a post for almost every day of their trip and tons of pictures. If you’d like to support them in their goal to raise money to advance AICR's mission of supporting cancer research and education programs, please visit their online donation form!

Thank you Joe and Susan for all that you have done for the American Institute for Cancer Research!

To read about other activties that support AICR and how to get involved visit Team AICR or contact Spencer Bonar at events@aicr.org.

Harrison Finn on the coast

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