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Cross Country Cure – Cyclists Crossing Canada for Breast Cancer Research

June 17, 2010

Cross Country Cure commenced in Vancouver on June 1st with plans to finish upon arrival in St John’s Newfoundland on August 16, 2010. Cody Howard and Shaun Fantauzzo cycle across Canada in an effort to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. They are dedicating this tour to Cody's mom who is a two time breast cancer survivor and other members of their families that have battled cancer!

Follow them on Twitter to receive frequent updates throughout their journey or through Shaun's blog at To contact Cody directly call 519-551-9975.

A message from Cody:
I was born in 1990 in Brantford, Ontario. My whole life I've been trying to find my niche, trying to find a way to contribute to society. I originally wanted to go into the Computer Engineering sector but later decided that it wasn't the field for me. I now plan to attend college for applied music and later university for a bachelor's degree in music. I hope to teach post secondary students. I feel that teaching is one of the greatest contributions anyone can make; sharing knowledge with growing, learning individuals who will keep what you share with them forever.

This ride is a really big thing for me. For the past few years I have been looking for a way to make a difference but nothing really seemed plausible and I lacked commitment. When my friend suggested the idea of biking across the country I couldn't resist and jumped at the chance.

Quickly, we turned the ride into something more meaningful. One of the major reasons I am doing this ride is my mom, Terry-Lynn Gurney. She was diagnosed with breast cancer several years ago. It was one of the worst times in my life. Seeing her go through the pain of chemotherapy and hair loss was a time I will never forget. I was so grateful that she made it through. Unfortunately, last year she was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time. She was more prepared this time around and was very strong. I can say without a doubt that she is my strength on this trip. My reason to keep going and raise awareness.

A message from Shaun:
I am a second year political science major at the University of Windsor. Recently I traveled to Africa and taught English in schools in South African and Ghana. This April I am traveling to India/Bangladesh to work at children's orphanages.
I love to travel and experience new things which is why I have decided to make this journey. Cody and I originally discussed driving across Canada until we both came up with the idea of biking. The idea to cycle across for a "cause" simply made sense. Since Cody's mother was previously diagnosed with breast cancer and my family also has a past with various cancers, we chose the Breast Cancer Society of Canada as beneficiary. We will also be supporting our local hospitals.
I look forward to this trip and the benefits it will bring. Not only because it will raise awareness but because we will be able to contribute to research as well.

A message from the Breast Cancer Society of Canada:
“BCSC was established to raise funds for Canadian research into improving the detection, prevention and treatment of breast cancer, says Marsha Davidson, Executive Director, Breast Cancer Society of Canada “We truly believe that every dollar donated to research brings us one step closer to the ultimate goal of finding the causes of breast cancer. It is a very heartwarming experience being involved with two young men who wish to make such a personal sacrifice for the cause of breast cancer. We applaud their efforts.”

For more information contact:
Marsha Davidson
Executive Director
Breast Cancer Society of Canada
Phone: 800-567-8767

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