Cyclist riding 230 miles to fight childhood cancer

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by CHRISTIE JOHNSON / KING 5 News

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Posted on June 12, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 5 at 10:44 AM

64-year-old Jerry Shafer is trying to break a record. He plans to cycle for 230 miles in 12 hours this Saturday in support of Retinoblastoma, a rare and potentially deadly form of childhood cancer.

"My grandson Lance had it when he was 15 months old. He had his eye removed and is cancer-free now," said Jerry Shafer, competitive cyclist.

Now Shafer wants to pay things forward so that other children with the disease can hopefully have the same chance.  He plans to cycle at the Velodrome in Marymoor Park for 12 consecutive hours.

"Currently the 12 hour record stands at 218 miles. I'm trying to 230 and on the way to that 230 I'm trying to break the fastest 100 mile record and the fastest 200 mile record," said Shafer.

All proceeds raised will go to Retinoblastoma International for research. The 12 hour race kicks off at 8a.m. on Saturday, June 16th, 2012 and goes until 8p.m. Shafer is hoping to raise $10,000 and is accepting donations the day of the race or online at www.sharewithjerr.com.

 

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