Posted: Feb 16, 2010 9:42 PM by Carina Corral
Updated: Feb 16, 2010 9:42 PM
He has battled pancreatic cancer for more than six years and now Santa Barbara resident Chris Calaprice will take his fight on the road.
"To be told you have pancreatic cancer is something that probably no body wants to hear," said Calaprice.
He has decided to take a 50-state motorcycle tour to bring awareness to this deadly disease.
A documentary film crew will follow Calaprice on his symbolic 42,000 mile journey: one mile for each person in the U.S. who will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer this year alone.
It will be a meaningful and therapeutic ride.
"When I roll out of the garage, all of the worries fighting the disease and the hanging medical bills and the insurance issues, they all leave... Even if it's just a few weeks after chemotherapy and I'm weak, when I can ride I'm equal and free."
What will also follow Calaprice on the open road is his chemotherapy.
His doctor will fly out every eight weeks to administer Calaprice's treatments during the nine month tour.
It is being called Road 2 A Cure and it is about revving up support for pancreatic cancer research and funding.
"We can change 2 percent funding of government spending on the number four cancer killer into something more realistic those funding dollars directly relate to survivability," said Calaprice.
He will leave this Saturday, February 20, meeting with cancer survivors and federal lawmakers along the way, all the while, accelerating toward a cure.
The kick off party is from 10am-2pm at the Paradise Store and Grill (off Hwy 154), 1 Paradise Road in Santa Barbara.
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