About the ride:
Emery's Thunder Ride is a coast to coast bike ride across the U.S. by one solo rider, Peter Halper, to raise awareness and funds for kids with cancer. Our children don't deserve this and we are fighting back.
This ride will consist of 3 coast to coast crossings (one for each year of Emery's life) from July - September 2023. It's a crazy stunt to find real solutions for the childhood cancer crisis. With a goal of $3 million, funds from this ride will go to childhood cancer research, support families with a child in treatment and raise awareness about Neuroblastoma.
No one is going to solve this puzzle for us. But if we work together and take bold action, we can bring the thunder to childhood cancer.
Bringing The Thunder To Childhood Cancer
july - SEPTEMBER 2023
Halper started his journey across the United States on July 7th, 2023 in Bandon, OR. After completing three consecutive crossings of the United States, he ends in St Augustine, Florida on September 26th.
WHERE IS PETER THIS WEEK?
This is the final week, September 20-26, Peter is on the final week of Crossing Three. He is on the third and final crossing and after a route change he is pedaling through Alabama and Florida.
Our crazy rider is Peter Halper, a 55-year-old from Wisconsin. This husband/father/grandfather is lovingly described as an ordinary guy doing extraordinary things. His inspiration is his 3-year-old great niece, Emery, whose brave battle with cancer profoundly impacted his life. He hopes to inspire others to take an honest look at the world of childhood cancer.
To learn more about why Peter is dedicating 3 months to ride his bike 8,728 miles, watch below.
Emery had just celebrated her 2nd birthday when her family was blindsided with every parent's worst nightmare. Not just cancer but Stage 4 High Risk Neuroblastoma. Emery fought harder than any two-year-old should ever have to and with more bravery and courage than most adults. Her smile lit up the room and her love for life inspired all who knew her. She passed away at the age of only three leaving a huge hole in her family's heart.
HERE'S WHY IT'S UP TO US TO FUND CHANGE:
of federally funded cancer research is set aside for childhood cancer research.
That's not just for neuroblastoma, but for all childhood cancers.
For comparison, the Space Force receives 70x more federal funds than childhood cancer.
Current treatment protocols are
30+ YEARS OLD
and not effective because of that lack of funding. New research and trials receive critical support from fundraisers like this to continue their work towards finding a cure.
children are diagnosed every year with neuroblastoma.
Of those fortunate enough to reach remission, nearly 50 percent experience a relapse. Our children deserve better odds and its up to us to make it happen.
The goal is to raise three million dollars (one million dollars for each crossing) and make a real impact in the fight against childhood cancer.
Half of the funds will go to Beat Childhood Cancer, a research group that will beat childhood cancer through innovative clinical trials and precision medicine attacking childhood cancer. The other half will go to Emery’s Memory Foundation, to support families with a child battling cancer.
Meet The kids:
Emery's Thunder Ride is in remembrance of Emery and also honors 76 children affected by childhood cancer. 76 kids, one for each day of the ride.
IN THE PRESs:
Creating awareness along the route
Docu-series via Be the Good Movement
Episode 1: Week 1. The Stakes Are High
Watch the episode
Episode 2: Week 2-3. Facing Doubts
Watch the episode
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