Los Angeles: Februay 23, 2004 Nineteen-year-old Rob Dyer is launching a cross country fundraising effort in support of cancer — on his skateboard. Rob recently lost one of his best friends and his mom to cancer. He decided to harness this emotional time and direct it into a positive mission. He is skateboarding from Los Angeles to Toronto (roughly 5000 miles) to raise funds to support the fight against cancer.
“We really want to get the message out there…particularly to the kids…that they should not be afraid to take action around their convictions. We are not powerless. We can make a difference in the world. said Rob Dyer
Rob’s passion and dedication to the cause have inspired friends and strangers alike, who have volunteered to follow him in a supply and support bus, and chronicle his journey in real-time for his web site www.skate4cancer.com .
The Skate4Cancer marathon will begin on March 3, 2004, at 2:00pm from Etnies Skatepark in Lake Forest, CA and is estimated to take approximately 200 days to complete. Daily, Rob’s crew will be keeping a log of his journey and will update his route and estimated times of arrivals at different cities along his route. Rob plans to be skateboarding in Toronto in early October, and will set two world skateboarding records.The general public can log on to www.skate4cancer.com to get updates of Rob’s journey, and to learn ways of supporting the cause.