Shalom Life | April 27, 2015

Israeli to Bike Across the United States for Cancer Research

Tom Peled's passion fueled by father's death from cancer

By: News Staff

Published: May 30th, 2012 in Health » World

Israeli to Bike Across the United States for Cancer Research

Lance Armstrong has nothing on Tom Peled.

Before long, Peled, a 24-year-old Israeli, will be a household name in the battle against cancer, after his August 1st Bike For The Fight ride across the United States that will raise money to support cancer research in Israel.

After arriving on the “left coast”, specifically in Los Angeles, Peled will peddle his way across America, all the way to New York, making stops in Memphis, Tennessee, Houston, Texas, Las Vegas, Nevada, Chicago, Baltimore, Washington, and Philadelphia along the way.

All proceeds will be donated to the Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) which, since 1975, has donated more than $40 million to support innovative studies by Israeli scientists, with many lifesaving achievements being made in all fields of cancer research.

So, what motivates someone to take a break from their comfortable life to take on a mission as grueling and exhausting as biking across the United States promises to be?

For Peled, it was a no-brainer after seeing his father die of cancer in 2011. As a catharsis during that difficult time, the young Israeli took part in a 3,000 mile European bike ride last year.

During his Bike For The Fight marathon, Peled will be making appearances – on two wheels, of course - through Jewish communities and summer camps, as well as big league sporting events where he will try to encourage others to open their hearts – and wallets – to his cause.

Peled, who has already met with, and received the support of Israeli President Shimon Peres, will begin fundraising efforts in Israel on June 1 with a local student bike trip through the streets of Tel Aviv organized by The Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, where Peled is a first-year student.

WATCH: Tel Aviv Zookeeper Captures Awesome Footage of Animals Drinking WATCH: Tel Aviv Zookeeper Captures Awesome Footage of Animals Drinking TrendingIsraeli Pharmaceutical Company Using Cannabis Extract to Treat Diabetes Israeli Pharmaceutical Company Using Cannabis Extract to Treat Diabetes TrendingRabbis, Mental Health Professionals Holding Conference to Support Young LGBT Jews Rabbis, Mental Health Professionals Holding Conference to Support Young LGBT Jews Trending
 

Ever Wonder What Israel's Favorite Soccer Team Is?

April 27, 2015 | By Sy Berg
Ever Wonder What Israel's Favorite Soccer Team Is?

Study reveals that Chelsea, owned by Jewish pro-Israeli billionaire Roman Abramovich, is the most popular English team in the Middle East

Read More

New York Times Slammed for Running Article Titled 'Israeli Police Officers Kill Two Palestinian Men'

April 27, 2015 | By Daniel Koren
New York Times Slammed for Running Article Titled 'Israeli Police Officers Kill Two Palestinian Men'

"What is so hard about [a] straightforward headline accurately depicting the nature and chronology of events?" asks watchdog group CAMERA

Read More

Toronto UJA Opens Nepal Emergency Relief Fund

April 27, 2015 | By Shalom Life Staff
Toronto UJA Opens Nepal Emergency Relief Fund

One hundred percent of funds raised will provide immediate humanitarian aid to disaster victims and their families

Read More

British Tory Candidate Says She'll Never Back 'the Jew'

April 27, 2015 | By Daniel Koren
British Tory Candidate Says She'll Never Back 'the Jew'

Conservative candidate Gulzabeen Afsar is being asked to apologize after singling out Labor leader Ed MIliband on Facebook

Read More

This Teenage Boy Tried to Pick Up Nicki Minaj At His Bar Mitzvah

April 27, 2015 | By Daniel Koren
This Teenage Boy Tried to Pick Up Nicki Minaj At His Bar Mitzvah

Minaj performed at a Bar Mitzvah ceremony in New York this weekend

Read More

IDF Rescue Mission Departs for Nepal

April 27, 2015 | By Itamar Eichner
IDF Rescue Mission Departs for Nepal

Military sends mission to assist in aftermath of earthquake after damaged runways in Kathmandu delayed its departure

Read More

The Israeli Crowdfunding Initiative to Land a Torah on the Moon

April 27, 2015 | By Shalom Life Staff
The Israeli Crowdfunding Initiative to Land a Torah on the Moon

'Torah on the Moon' is a values-driven space mission to celebrate the Torah's contributions to society

Read More

Yes, There's A Grateful Dead Album Entirely in Hebrew

April 24, 2015 | By Caitlin Marceau
Yes, There's A Grateful Dead Album Entirely in Hebrew

Released by Sagol 59 and Ami Yaris, "The Promised Land" features songs from the revered jam band beautifully translated into Hebrew

Read More

More Headlines