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STORY SUMMARY: Team H2V, a team of five elite recreational cyclists are
on a 6,000 kilometer, nine-day cross-country relay ride along the Trans Canada
highway. The goal: raise $1,000,000 for juvenile diabetes research.
Team H2V riders will dip their tires in the Halifax Harbour to
commemorate the start of their journey. They are scheduled to roll into
Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC on Sunday, September 23rd - and create a world
record for the "fastest cross-Canada cycle by a relay team" to be entered into
the Guinness Book of World's Records.
The H2V story began when Kyle Balagno, team H2V rider, promised his
12-year-old daughter Taylor, who has type 1 diabetes that a cure would be
found by her 18th birthday. Throughout their journey, the five H2V cyclists
are riding in three-hour shifts on a continuous rotation, averaging a speed of
30 kilometers per hour.
ABOUT TEAM H2V: COAST TO COAST
Making a promise is a serious commitment... making a promise to your
daughter, that's huge...
Kyle Balagno's daughter, Taylor, has juvenile (Type 1) diabetes and he
promised he would do everything in his power to find a cure for the disease
before her 18th birthday. Taylor is now 12 and Kyle has six years to fulfill
"What's it going to take?" asks Matt Young, Balagno family friend who is
keenly aware of the Kyle's commitment. "Money," states Kyle. They agree the
best course of action is to do something. Something big that's never been done
before. H2V: Coast to Coast is conceived - a historic Trans-Canada relay to
raise funds in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
- H2V stands for Halifax to Vancouver. This history-making event is a
coast-to-coast record setting bike ride in support of the Juvenile
Diabetes Research Foundation.
- Team H2V consists of five riders. Kyle Balagno, Matt Young, Willie
Cromack, Keith Nicoll and Richard Alm.
- Team H2V will begin their journey on September 14, 2007 by dipping
their tires in the Halifax Harbour. The journey will end nine days
later in Vancouver's Stanley Park.
- 6,000 km will be covered in a nine day ride on the Trans-Canada
Highway. The team will pass through or by major Canadian cities,
including Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg and Calgary.
- The five riders will cycle 24 hours a day in three-hour shifts at an
estimated speed of 30 km/hr.
- Team H2V will use GPS tracking and real time webcam coverage of
riders. They will also publish a daily blog with photos. Watch their
progress at www.TeamH2V.com.
- Kyle's daughter Taylor will travel with the H2V crew.
- Team H2V's financial goal is to raise $1,000,000 for JDRF through
individual and corporate donations and event sponsorship.
On the Road to a Cure
The road the H2V riders will travel is a metaphor for the road traveled
by juvenile diabetes researchers. It has been an arduous road but one
punctuated with unfailing hope, the latest advances so compelling, so cutting
edge, so abundant that the long-awaited cure appears - for the first time - in
Canaccord Capital is the title sponsor of Team H2V. Canaccord Capital is
committed to building healthy, prosperous communities. Team H2V and Canaccord
Capital are united in their determination to make a difference in the lives of
Canadians. Canaccord Capital is upheld as Canada's premier, full service
Sanofi-Aventis is the presenting sponsor of Team H2V. Sanofi-Aventis
plays an active role throughout the world in supporting humanitarian
initiatives. Sanofi-Aventis is one of the world's leading pharmaceutical
companies in the service of health world wide. R & D targets diabetes Type 1 &
2 working to develop new, effective and well tolerated medicines.
Join Team H2V
On-line donations can be made through the H2V website at www.TeamH2V.com
or the JDRF website at www.jdrf.ca.
Team H2V rides coast-to-coast across Canada to raise money for
Five cyclists push their physical, emotional and mental limits to
fight a chronic disease
A world record is about to be established! Team H2V, a team of five
elite, recreational cyclists, are going to start a cross-country,
6,000 kilometre, nine-day relay ride along the TransCanada highway with the
goal of raising money for juvenile diabetes research.
Team H2V will dip their tires in Halifax Harbour on September 14, 2007 to
start the nine-day relay. The team will ride day and night across Canada until
ending in Stanley Park, Vancouver on September 22. Its collective goal is to
raise $1 million which will be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research
Foundation at the end of the ride.
H2V: Coast to Coast originated from Kyle Balagno's promise to his
daughter. Taylor, 12, was diagnosed with juvenile (Type 1) diabetes when she
was a baby. Kyle promised her that a cure would be found before her 18th
birthday. The power of this promise brought together Team H2V, who have all
seen the effects juvenile diabetes has on a family. "We can't think of a
better motivation to instil in our team than the pursuit of a cure for a
disease that affects over 200,000 Canadians. We are very pleased to be part of
this ride and we're looking forward to pushing the pace right across Canada -
and on to a cure, "says Matt Young, Team H2V ride captain.
The five cyclists will ride three-hour shifts on a continuous rotation.
They need to average a speed of 30 kilometres per hour to meet their nine-day
goal. The ride will take them through the rolling hills of Quebec and Ontario,
the strong headwinds and gruelling flats in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and,
just when they are going to start running out of steam, they will enter the
foothills of the Rockies. When asked why he is pushing himself to complete the
H2V relay, Kyle says, "Like other parents of Type 1 children, I am weary of
living with the fear that my child may not wake up one morning. I want a cure
for juvenile diabetes by the time she finishes high school. I want her to be
healthy, not just have the appearance of health."
"I am so proud of my dad, his team of riders and friends that are helping
us ride across Canada. I know that we will find a cure soon and all the Type 1
kids and I will start to live a normal life with out having to worry about
managing our disease," says Taylor.
Matt Young, ride captain
Richard Alm, rider
Willie Cromack, rider
Keith Nicoll, rider
Kyle Balagno, rider
Bryan Kelly, support rider
Taylor Balagno, youth ambassador
About Juvenile (Type 1) Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune
system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. It is
the most severe form of diabetes, striking infants, children and young adults,
leaving them insulin-dependent for life. Unlike Type 2, Type 1 diabetes cannot
be prevented nor can it be managed simply by modifying diet and making
healthier lifestyle choices.
- More than two million Canadians have diabetes and over 200,000
Canadians have Type 1 diabetes.
- Canada has the third highest occurrence rate of Type 1 diabetes in
children 14 years or younger in the world and the occurrence rate is
rising by three to five per cent per year; the greatest rise occurs
in five to nine year olds.
- Life expectancy for people with diabetes is shortened by an average
of 15 years, and the risk of death for people with diabetes is about
two times that of people without diabetes.
Founded in 1974 by the parents of children with Type 1 diabetes, Juvenile
Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is the leading charitable funder and
advocate of Type 1 diabetes research worldwide. The mission of JDRF is to find
a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research.
JDRF has brought the long struggle against diabetes and its complications to a
turning point. Now people suffering from diabetes are beginning to see their
hopes for a cure grow close to reality
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