About Frank Hanes
Athletes for a Cure participant P. Frank Hanes III, of Manchester Center, Vermont, completed a solo cycling venture across the United States, 4,300 miles in total, to find a cure for prostate cancer. With an original goal of raising $45,000, Frank has raised close to $19,000 and will continue fundraising to meet this goal. Dollars raised by Hanes will provide crucial funds for prostate cancer research through the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF).
Hanes cycled across the United States, beginning in Anacortes, Washington on May 31, 2010 and finished his journey in South Portland, Maine on July 19, 2010. Hanes helped raise awareness across U.S. communities on behalf of Athletes for a Cure and PCF.
Hanes III began his cycling trip across the U.S. after a close friend received news that he had prostate cancer. Though Hanes hasn’t ever had cancer, he has been surrounded by it for much of his life.
“I lost my father to cancer and my wife is a survivor. When my close friend battled prostate cancer, I knew I needed to push myself and conquer something that would raise awareness and funds to find a cure,” said Hanes. “While cycling, I don’t always know what lies ahead of me, but the uncertainty is nothing in comparison to those facing prostate cancer,” added Hanes.
“This is a prime example of how one person can make a significant and lasting impact in the fight against prostate cancer,” said David Deschenes, Managing Director of Athletes for a Cure. “Hanes’ dedication, commitment and passion towards curing the disease is remarkable, especially as someone who is not a cancer, or prostate cancer, survivor,” added Deschenes.
Through the support of donors and programs such as Athletes for a Cure,PCF has raised nearly $400 million and provided funding to more than 1,500 researchers at nearly 200 institutions worldwide.
“I encourage everyone to pursue their passions in life,” added Hanes. “Don’t make or find excuses, just do it. There is no way I can explain how truly amazing this journey was and the reward I now feel as a supporter of the Prostate Cancer Foundation.”
After finishing his cross country cycle in 2010, Frank Hanes has raised $31,000 and is continuing his quest to raise $45,000 for Athletes for a Cure. With more than 4,300 miles under his belt and safely back at home, Hanes took a few moments to re-cap his experience as he begins to plan his 2012 trek.
Hanes most memorable highlight happened between Williston, North Dakota and Minot, North Dakota. The 130 mile stretch took from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. to complete, with constant 20mph headwinds. Both physically and mentally draining, the struggle provided “total quality time” for Frank to reflect on what he could accomplish when pushed to extremes. However, he credits the most inspiring moment as traveling on his first day out of Anacortes, Washington. “Just the thought of riding solo across the United States was totally inspiring.”
Frank has begun planning his next adventure scheduled for 2012, starting in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and ending at the Prostate Cancer Foundation office in Santa Monica, California. He will travel 3,400 miles in total to get to his fundraising goal of $45,000. Stay tuned for more on Frank Hanes next journey.
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