For a good cause

Pair of Que­bec cy­clists cross Canada for prostate can­cer re­search

The Western Star - - CLOSE TO HOME - BY GARY KEAN [email protected]­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_GaryKean

Af­ter fin­ish­ing a roughly 1,000-kilo­me­tre bi­cy­cle ad­ven­ture to­gether two years ago, Luis Nasim told Manny Alonso they should do some­thing even big­ger.

The two amateur cy­clists from Montreal had just spent two weeks bik­ing their way around the Gaspe Penin­sula in Que­bec.

Nasim’s sug­ges­tion of some­thing big­ger was cy­cling across Canada.

Alonso agreed, but in­sisted the ad­ven­ture be about more than them­selves. They de­cided to make their cross-Canada ven­ture means some­thing more and chose to make it a fundraiser for prostate can­cer re­search.

The two re­tirees left Victoria, B.C., on May 25 on what they dubbed “100 Days Across Canada.”

On Wed­nes­day, af­ter a few tire changes and bike tune-ups,

they ar­rived in Cor­ner Brook.

“For us, it’s im­por­tant to send a mes­sage to men to check them­selves out be­cause,

if you catch it ear­lier, there are all kinds of ther­a­pies that can save you,” said Nasim, 61. “If you don’t do any­thing about it,

and it’s caught too late, it can be trou­ble.”

Alonso said their wives back home are cru­cial cogs in the

wheels of this jour­ney. They have been main­tain­ing so­cial me­dia posts about their jour­ney and have been ar­rang­ing their ac­com­mo­da­tions along the way, in­clud­ing a free stay at Ho­tel Cor­ner Brook.

“They have been call­ing ahead to see where we can stay and we have had many of­fers of free ac­com­mo­da­tions af­ter peo­ple hear why we are do­ing this,” said Alonso.

That gen­eros­ity has also come in the form of meals and do­na­tion along the way.

The duo has a goal of rais­ing $50,000. So far, they have raised about $36,000.

They plan to dip their tires in the At­lantic Ocean at cape Spear, the most easterly point in New­found­land on Sept. 1.

GARY KEAN/ THE WESTERN STAR

Manny Alonso, left, and Luis Nasim of Montreal were in Cor­ner brook Wed­nes­day and are on the home stretch of their 100 Days Across Canada cy­cling trek to raise money for prostate can­cer re­search.

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