In memory of my father, James P. D’Alessio, who passed away on Easter of 2005, I, Matt D’Alessio of Manchester, NH and my close friend Dave Adams of Hamden, CT, plan to ride our bicycles from Yorktown, VA to Florence, OR this summer. This journey was a dream of my father’s and it was his own planning that inspired Dave and I to continue organizing the trip.Already the duo have been called "morons" by one of the moronic locals in eastern Virginia | I hope they get better encouragements as the journey progresses | We'll be keeping track |
My father died of esophageal cancer which he fought for two and a half years. He was able to maintain a stable lifestyle through most of his battle but in his last month at age 52 the disease became insurmountable.
As part of my father’s wishes, a fund has been set up in his own name at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston Massachusetts, where he received most of his care.
This fund will collect donations, including my father’s own money, specifically for research of esophageal cancer, a disease relatively un-researched compared to other cancers.
The purpose of our bike trip, above fulfilling my father’s dream to ride cross-country, is to draw attention to the James P. D’Alessio Esophageal Cancer Fund at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. |