9/25/2012 10:43:00 AM Angela Bikes 4 Hopi - A Hopi community fundraising collaboration Dr. Angela Gonzales is riding her bike along the Pacific Coast to raise money for cancer awareness
Dr. Angela Gonzales prepares to ride 1,539 miles on the Pacific Coast. Submitted photo
KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - In partnership with The Hopi Foundation and the Hopi Cancer Assistance Fund (HCAF), Dr. Angela Gonzales, a tribal member from the village of Shungapovi, will embark on a 1,539 mile Pacific Coast bike ride to raise money for the Hopi Cancer Assistance Fund (HCAF). Her goal is to raise $10,000 for the fund. She initiated her ride on Sept. 25, from Bellingham, Wash. and end it Oct. 23 in Ventura, Calif., traveling an average of 55 miles per day for 30 days.
Gonzales wanted to do something memorable to mark her upcoming 50th birthday. As a Hopi tribal member and a health researcher at Cornell University, she works with the HOPI Cancer Support Services to develop community-based interventions in order to help reduce the incidence of cancer in the Hopi community. Through this milestone birthday and her love of biking, Angela decided this bike ride is a way she can do more to help make a difference.
Without a local cancer treatment center, Hopi patients have to travel to Flagstaff, Phoenix and Tucson to receive treatment and the weekly cost for gas, food and lodging for several months can be costly. The Hopi Cancer Assistance Fund helps Hopi patients with their costs to travel off the reservation for cancer treatment. Depending on the patient's treatment plan, an individual may travel once or twice a week for up to 8 to 10 weeks.
If you would like to learn more about Gonzales' bike ride visit "Angela Bike's 4 Hopi" at http://angelabikes4hopi.blogspot.com/ and to pledge your support with a donation please visit Razoo.com/HCAF. Donations are tax deductible and all the funds raised will be used to help tribal members with travel costs via the Hopi Cancer Assistance Fund. For more information about the HCAF, please call Gloria Lomahaftewa, Program Coordinator at (928) 734-1151 or by email at GlLomahaftewa@hopi.nsn.us .