Stanford students bike cross-country for Bass Cancer Center
On September 7, in perfect timing with Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Stanford undergrads Nick Abram and Chris Min completed an amazing journey: a 60-day, cross-country cycling trip to raise support for the Bass Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Diseases at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.
With little biking experience, Nick and Chris described themselves as “the perfect team: two bad bikers battling cancer one mile at a time.” Prior to their departure from Packard Children’s, they had never ridden more than 40 consecutive miles, let alone day after day.
What they lacked in biking experience they more than made up with dedication to their cause. Chris rode to honor his grandfather who passed away from lung cancer during Chris' eighth grade year. Nick lost his mother to pancreatic cancer last year after a three year battle. His ride was a tribute to her life and legacy.
Their 3,600-mile journey, “California to Carolina for the Cure”, kicked off on July 9 at the entrance of Packard Children’s with enthusiastic cheering from Bass Center patients and doctors. Along the way, Chris and Nick blogged about everything from dehydration in Nevada to hail in Colorado, as well as triple-digit heat waves, countless flat tires, and their impressive food intake.
Throughout the trip, the two shared with strangers their story of endurance and their desire to help children with cancer. Inspired to help, many of Chris and Nick’s new friends chipped in by providing free meals, discounted motel stays, and even extended massage therapy sessions.
Their fundraising efforts will benefit the Bass Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Diseases at Packard Children’s, a nationally-recognized center committed to outstanding clinical care and research for children with cancer. This commitment, in conjunction with the numerous research resources and comprehensive support services offered at Packard Children’s, assures the best possible outcome for pediatric cancer patients and their families.
“We believe everyone—especially children—should receive the love and attention that our loved ones received as they fought against cancer,” says Chris.
In celebration of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, make a donation to the Bass Cancer Center on Nick and Chris' fundraising page!