Teen cycles against cancer

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An 18-year-old Norwegian has been spending his summer cycling around the country to raise funds for cancer research, after losing two close relatives to the disease.

Christoffer Remøy Endresen of Fosnavåg, southwest of Ålesund, puts reports of spoiled Norwegian youth to shame. He’s setting a different sort of example, after riding 5,300 kilometers on his bike and raising NOK 600,000 (about USD 100,000) already.

Newspaper Aftenposten caught up with Endresen in Alta, in northern Norway, just before he started heading south again. He’s been pedaling around 150 kilometers every day, with his parents riding along in a support vehicle.

“Of course we’re proud of him,” said his mother Janne. “He has taught us a lot about the effect of being positive.

Endresen lost both his grandfather and an uncle to cancer and said he “just had to do something. Cancer is a terrible and unfair sickness, and every third Norwegian gets hit by it in one way or another.”

He’ll be leaving for Australia early next year to study to be a chiropractor. Before that, he’ll hand over the money he’s raised at an Oslo cycling festival in October where he also hopes to meet one of his heroes, Lance Armstrong, who won his own battle with cancer.

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