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Aug. 8, 2007

Bicycle Tour Will Raise Funds For Cancer Research

Following a successful event last year, organizers are gearing up for the 2007 Amish Harvest Tour to Cure Cancer on Saturday, Sept. 8 in Hills to honor the memory of a Kalona man and raise cancer research funds.

The event will commemorate the life of Seth Bailey of Kalona, who died in 2003 following an eight-year battle with soft-tissue synovial sarcoma cancer. Proceeds will support cancer research at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa.

Previously known as the Amish Harvest Century Tour, the 2007 Amish Harvest Tour to Cure Cancer is a joint effort of the Bicyclists of Iowa City and the Bailey family.

Bailey competed as a varsity basketball player in his senior year of high school while wearing a prosthetic leg following the amputation of his right leg just below the knee. He was also active in intramural sports while he attended Iowa State University. He served as an intern for the U.S. Olympic Committee while training as a swimmer in hopes of making the Paralympic national team until his cancer recurred.

The Amish Harvest Tour to Cure Cancer honors Bailey's active lifestyle, love of sports, and bravery. Bicyclists will leave the Hills City Park for rides through Amish farm country. There are several routes of varied lengths that are all rated in the moderately difficult category.

Riders and non-riders alike may enjoy fine meals and free, live entertainment during the daylong event. Riders are encouraged to seek donations from supporters. For more information, visit online at http://www.courageride.org. Checks and money orders can be mailed to: The Courage Ride, P.O. Box 111, Oakdale, IA 52319.

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is Iowa's only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center. NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers are recognized as the leaders in developing new approaches to cancer prevention and cancer care, conducting leading edge research and educating the public about cancer.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu.