Hopecam Announces Len’s “Race For Hope”

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Founder honors the fight of homebound children with cancer by taking on “world’s toughest bicycle race.”

With Race Across America, we are hoping to raise awareness and financial support for Hopecam, so that we can serve the needs of children across the country.

Hopecam, a non-profit that connects homebound children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses to their friends at school, announces its largest and most ambitious fund raising campaign to date. The organization’s founder and president, Len Forkas, has entered the Race Across America, known as the “world’s toughest bicycle race,” a 3,000 mile bike race across the U.S. in 12 days.

Race Across America (RAAM) is one of the most respected and longest running endurance sports events in the world. RAAM is a 3,000 mile bike race from San Diego, California to Annapolis, Maryland. The race is about 30% longer than the Tour de France and must be finished in half the time. 60 solo competitors average 250-350 miles a day. It is considered the most difficult bike race in the world. RAAM celebrates its 31st year, starting on June 13, 2012.

Forkas started Hopecam in 2003, after finding a way for his 9-year old son to stay connected with his friends at school while recovering from leukemia. During his son’s illness, Forkas began exercising more to cope with the stress. Over the years, this evolved into competition in various endurance races to raise money for Hopecam.

“With the Race Across America, we are hoping to raise awareness and financial support for Hopecam, so that we can serve the needs of children across the country,” said Len Forkas, Hopecam founder and president. “While it can’t compare to the challenges children and their families fighting cancer endure, we thought this race could help to signify our organization’s passion for easing their burden.”

Hopecam provides free laptops, web cameras and high speed internet access for children who are isolated at home or hospitalized during long-term illnesses. By enabling children to see and speak with their friends, Hopecam supports children’s social and psychological well-being while they’re fighting a physical battle and significantly reduces the stress of re–entry to school when treatment is completed. Hopecam has helped over 225 children since its founding and is currently providing support to 74 children.

The National Cancer Institute estimates that over 11,000 children were diagnosed with cancer in 2011. Treatments vary but can include periods of chemotherapy that weaken patients’ immune systems, forcing them into confinement.

View the program’s video at the Hopecam YouTube Channel. To learn more about sponsorship and donation opportunities, visit Hopecam’s “Race for Hope” website at http://www.hopecam.org/race-for-hope.

About Hopecam
Hopecam connects homebound children undergoing treatment for cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses with their friends at school using laptops, high speed internet connections and web cameras. Recognizing the critical need for socialization, Hopecam seeks to bridge the lonely divide between homebound children and their friends at school during this frightening time. Staying connected to school significantly reduces the stress of re–entry when treatment is completed and children resume a normal life. Since its founding in 2003 by a parent whose child was diagnosed with leukemia, Hopecam has connected over 225 children with their friends, classmates and families. For more information, visit http://www.hopecam.org

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