Celebrating the Power of ONE
to Make A Difference!
June 2-23, 2008
John Ellis and his best friend, Jamaal Warren, have completed
the 1,287 mile Believe in the Cure Cycling Tour!!
The finish line celebration took place on Monday morning, June 23rd, in Philadelphia.
John and Jamaal were joined by a dozen cyclists for the last leg of their journey. Dr. Baruch Blumberg, the person who discovered the hepatitis B virus and won the 1976 Nobel prize for this discovery, was one of these cyclists. Several hepatitis B researchers also took part in cycling to the finish line with John and Jamaal.
The Believe in the Cure Cycling Tour was initiated by 17-year old John Ellis, a remarkable young man with chronic hepatitis B. John, along with his best friend Jamaal Warren, began their 1,287 mile journey in their hometown of Pensacola, Florida on June 2nd. For three weeks, these young men have braved the sweltering heat to raise awareness about hepatitis B. In true Philadelphia style, they were greeted by a Mummers band as they cycled across the finish line.
ATTENTION PENSACOLA, FL
A "Welcome Home" party will be taking place on Saturday, June 28th
for John Ellis and Jamaal Warren.
Believe in the Cure Cycling Tour - Welcome Home Party for John Ellis and Jamaal Warren
Finnegan's Wake Irish Pub & Eatery
2100 W. Nine Mile Road
Pensacola, FL 32534
Saturday, June 28th
Finnegan's Wake and News Radio 1620 in Pensacola
John Ellis and Jamaal Warren cross the finish line of the
1,287 mile Believe in the Cure Cycling Tour that began in Pensacola, FL
and ended in Philadelphia on Monday, June 23rd. They are greeted in Philadelphia
style by the Mummers band.
ABOUT THE CYCLIST:
John Ellis, is a 17 year-old young man who was diagnosed with hepatitis B in 2006. Instead of being discouraged by this devastating medical diagnosis, John has turned the news into an opportunity to raise awareness about the seriousness of hepatitis B and to share a message of hope that hepatitis B is preventable and treatable. According to John, "I don't simply wish to sit around and fight for myself because I'm not the only one that this has affected."
BE A PART OF JOHN'S JOURNEY!!
Read the Believe in the Cure Blog.
Join FaceBook to learn more about the Believe In The Cure Cycling Tour
Learn how the Hepatitis B Foundation is bringing hope to millions of people worldwide. Watch our video on YouTube
Visit the tour Press page.
John Ellis meeting Dr. Baruch Blumberg. Dr. Blumberg
discovered the hepatitis B virus in 1967 and won a Nobel Prize in Medicine
for this discovery in 1976
THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO HELPED
US MEET THE CHALLENGE!!
We sincerely thank EVERYONE who has been inspired by John’s story and made a donation to the
Believe in the Cure Cycling Tour.
The Hepatitis B Foundation received a wonderful $10,000 Matching Challenge Grant from a generous donor. Now with your help, we reached our challenge goal and doubled the donations to Believe in the Cure for a grand total of $20,000!!
However, the tour is not yet over!!
If you still have friends and family who would like to support John’s Believe in the Cure Cycling Tour, we would love to bring our total to $25,000!!
Send a check by mail today!
Hepatitis B Foundation
3805 Old Easton Road
Doylestown, PA 18902
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John's Blog - Reflections on the Tour