Student Biking for Pediatric Cancer Research


HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Rain isn't stopping one man from trying to raise awareness about pediatric cancer.

Navid Attayan IS biking for 24 hours straight on a stationary bike at James Madison University. It's all in an effort to raise money to fund cancer research.

The JMU senior is pedaling because he says only 3 percent of funding at the National Institute of Health is put toward pediatric cancer. 13,000 thousand kids are diagnosed with cancer every year.

The bracelets he wears were all mailed to him from kids who are fighting cancer.

One of his supporters, Janet Plevniak, whose granddaughter Haley died from cancer in 2011, said people need to be aware of the issue.

"It's on the rise and children are our future. You know I've lived most of my life, and we need our kids healthy," said Plevniak.

"The pain they go through. Any kind of obstacle they're facing any given day. They can't quit, so neither can I," said Attayan.

The ride is dedicated to Gabriella Miller, a Leesburg girl who died because of brain cancer. Attayan and supporters who can also hop on a bike will ride until 12 p.m. Wednesday.


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