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Group of 25 cancer survivors set off on epic, round-the-island cycling adventure

Gathering at the front plaza of Taipei's Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, 25 cancer survivors yesterday kicked off a 10-day round-the-island cycling trip to highlight the importance of regular exercise and to inspire others diagnosed with the disease.

The 1,100-kilometer tour is now in its second year, said co-founder Wu Hsing-chuan (吳興傳).

As cancer survivors themselves, Wu and Hsieh Yung-chao (謝永照) launched the event in 2011 in the hope of inspiring more cancer patients and also to remind everyone about the importance of exercise, staying optimistic and never giving up.

The previous year's challenge was made into a documentary and used to promote healthier living among cancer patients and survivors.

Wu said that on the first trip he and Hsieh were joined by 13 cancer survivors. This year 10 more people have joined the tour, showing that more cancer-fighters are inspired by the campaign, he added.

This year a new immigrant has joined the trip. Li Yonghong (李永紅) from China's Jiangxi province married her Taiwanese partner in 1996. She was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago.

The group of riders expects to cycle an average of 110 km each day at a speed of roughly 20 kph. They are planning to ride along the island's East Coast from Yilan County to Hualien County before moving to Pingtung, Kaohsiung, and heading back north via the West Coast to conclude the tour in Taipei on Nov. 11.

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A group of cancer survivors set off from Taipei's Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall yesterday to begin their 10-day, 1,100-km around-the-island tour. Organizers hope the tour will remind everyone of the importance of regular exercise and inspire others diagnosed with the disease. (CNA)

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