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VIP Giro Club Package* to the 19th Stage of the Giro d’Italia
Friday, May 25, 2012
Trevisio to Alp di Pampeago (142 kilometers)
Roy Knickman is part of the Team 7-Eleven, Motorola, BMC Racing Team cycling family. As a member of Team 7-Eleven Roy fought with us across the brutal and relentless roads of the Tour de France. Now we have a chance to support Roy and his family as they face an even greater challenge.
Enjoy an exclusive, one-of-a-kind day at the 2012 Giro d'Italia, donated by BMC Racing Team President Jim Ochowicz to benefit the Andreas Knickman fund. Known as "Godfather of U.S. Cycling," Ochowicz will join you for an exclusive meet-and-greet with the BMC Racing Team at the team's motorcoach prior to the stage start.
From there, you'll receive Giro Club access to the start village, where you can watch all the stars of professional cycling prepare for that day's race. Following the start, you'll board an official VIP car that will whisk you to prime viewing places along the course. Your day ends with a front row seat at the finish line to watch the thrilling conclusion to the stage.
All proceeds from this auction will be donated to Andreas Knickman’s fund, through the Michael P. Nosco Foundation, Inc.
For more information on the Giro Club, please visit http://www.gazzetta.it/Speciali/Giroditalia/2012/en/giroclub_en.shtml
*Hotel and travel arrangements are not included.
In late April of 2009, Andreas began complaining of pain in his left leg above the knee. He had been skiing and cycling a lot, and his family thought it was an orthopedic issue. After participating in a local bike tour, they took Andreas to the orthopedic surgeon for X-rays. Nothing was found, so four weeks of physical therapy, ice, and Ibuprofen were prescribed, then an MRI if pain hadn't dissipated. Andreas participated in a backpacking trip, and the pain had decreased, so his family thought physical therapy was helping. Instead, a tumor had broken out of the bone, relieving the pain. Three weeks after seeing the orthopedist, at a routine visit to the pediatrician, Andreas was advised to get the MRI as soon as possible. The MRI was scheduled. In the meantime, Andreas went on another backpacking trip, and participated in a computer tech camp - walking miles every day at UCLA. On July 6, the scan revealed a mass in his left distal femur and within two hours he was admitted to Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
At the age of 13, on July 8, 2009, Andreas was diagnosed with metastatic osteosarcoma (bone cancer). A single, marble-sized tumor was also found, and later removed, from his left lung. Andreas completed 18 chemotherapy treatments, and surgery to remove the tumor on his leg. The femur was replaced with a Compress prosthesis and artificial knee. Pathology on the tumor returned at 75 percent necrosis; clear margins. MAP chemo treatment was completed in February of 2010, with no evidence of disease (NED). In June of 2010, Andreas had a boating accident while at a camp, requiring a complete revision of the prosthesis. In September of 2010, Andreas’ six-month scans revealed a tumor in his upper left lung. A total of four tumors were found and treated with a trial drug and radiation. Fortunately, Andreas’ one-year scans all came back clear, a significant milestone in his journey.
For more information about Andreas Knickman's progress, visit: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/andreasknickman