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Jakarta Post

Cyclists to hold 511-km tour for leukemia

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, February 4 2012   /  02:16 pm

The Bike2Work community will hold a 511-kilometer bicycle tour from Jakarta to Yogyakarta during Feb. 4 to 9 to commemorate World Cancer Day on Saturday and raise awareness of leukemia.

Twelve participants β€” all members of the community β€” from 13 to 45-years-old will join the tour. One of them, 21-year-old Laksmita Artha Widya Rismaningsih, known by her friends as Mita, is a leukemia patient.

Mita, who discovered that she had Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML) in September 2009, said that she wanted to use the tour to raise funds to help others like her.

β€œAt first I was afraid of taking risks [in joining the tour]. However, I think this is a fantastic idea to raise public awareness of CML. So, I decided to join in,” she told a press conference.

According to Bike2Work chairman Toto Sugito, the tour had full support from the Health Ministry and the Youth...