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‘Standing Cyclist’ Continues Journey From McKeesport to DC

By PATRICK CLOONAN

All The Way To Adelaide

Daily News Staff Writer
pcloonan@dailynewsemail.comA “standing cyclist” has completed the Pennsylvania portion of his trek to Washington, D.C., to call attention to a rare lung cancer.

Forty-eight hours after he set out from McKees Cafe at the Marina at McKees Point, Frank Cavaluzzi passed through Meyersdale, Somerset County. He crossed the Mason-Dixon line early Friday afternoon, arriving in Frostburg, Md., around 1:30.

Cavaluzzi, 42, from the Milford area in Northeast Pennsylvania, is aiming to arrive in the nation’s capital on Tuesday. Part of his gear for his McKeesport-to-Washington, D.C., bike ride is a Global Positioning System device.

It is allowing supporters to track what now is the fourth day of a trek by the self-styled “standing cyclist” to raise awareness of mesothelioma.

“So far he reports his legs are holding up,” bloggers reported after the first day of his trip on the actionagainstasbestos.com website. “As he stands up to ride he stands up for our cause.”

Cavaluzzi uses a bicycle that has no seat and a fixed gear that does not allow him to coast. His plan is to try to cycle 50 miles a day.

Day one ended after 45 miles as inclement weather set in.

Day two ended southeast of New Centerville, from which he set out Friday at 6:36 a.m.

Cavaluzzi is cycling on behalf of Duquesne University alumnus Larry Davis of Pompano Beach, Fla., who suffers from mesothelioma, a cancer believed to develop in the long run after exposure to asbestos.

Cavaluzzi started cycling for special causes after a bout with allergic asthma six years ago. Last year he cycled around Lake Champlain in Vermont and New York for Stand Up For Cancer and met Davis during that trip.

Joyce MacGregor, secretary of the McKeesport Trail Commission, and her husband Robert met Cavaluzzi before his departure from McKees Point.

“It was such a coincidence,” MacGregor e-mailed to Davis, “as the old ‘Tech High’ (more recently Cornell Intermediate School) in McKeesport is being demolished very soon, but before they do, they have to remove the asbestos!”

One of the better-known victims of mesothelioma reportedly was the late actor and football star Merlin Olsen.

According to published accounts, Olsen, known more recently for such TV shows as “Little House on the Prairie” and “Father Murphy,” was diagnosed with mesothelioma a year ago and died in March at age 69.

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