The Hudson Hub-Times

Thanks to the Hudson Hub-Times for running our story in their April 30, 2008 edition:

By the way, I’m pretty excited to now officially be an "area man." Maybe The Onion will also run our story…

Press Release: Two Century Cycles Employees Plan Pan-American Ride to Support Melanoma Research and Awareness

For Immediate Release

Kevin Madzia
(330) 703-0749

Cleveland, OH – When Kevin Madzia and Ray Query begin pedaling from the shore of Lake Erie this summer, it will be more than a daily workout, even much more than an extended vacation.  The two avid cyclists have set a goal of raising $20,000 for The Melanoma Research Foundation, and hope to promote awareness of the disease along the way, while traveling over 15,000 miles during an 8-month period.

The two will depart on August 24, 2008 from Cleveland, Ohio, “America’s North Shore.”  They will make their way down through the southern United States, through Mexico, and the countries within Central America and South America. They hope to cover 50 to 100 miles per day, depending on the terrain and conditions, and expect to reach Tierra del Fuego (the “Land of Fire”) at the southern tip of South America in April of 2009.  Along the way, they will sleep in campgrounds and hostels, and prepare their own meals.

A web site has been set up at, where Kevin and Ray will report on the progress of their preparations for the ride, as well as provide occasional updates during the ride.  In addition to logging as many training miles on their bicycles as possible, they are also preparing by poring over maps to plan their route, collecting the proper camping gear, adapting their bicycles to carry the gear over long distances, and getting as much advice as possible from others who have made similar journeys.  They are also taking the precaution of getting vaccinations for some of the diseases that are still prevalent in the less-developed regions of the world, such as typhoid and yellow fever.

Ray’s lifelong passion for the cycling lifestyle was most exemplified by a journey he undertook on a dare in 2001, when he bicycled home from Anchorage, Alaska to Cleveland.  He has dreamed for many years of making the trip by bike to Ushuaia, the “Southernmost City in the World,” which is the capital of the Tierra del Fuego province of Argentina.  He has spent time living in various places around the world, including several years doing charity work in Chile and Nepal.  He has also done extensive volunteer work locally with the Ohio City Bicycle Co-op.  He currently works as an associate at the Century Cycles store in Rocky River, Ohio, and lives with his wife in Lakewood, Ohio.

Kevin’s previous foray into long-distance cycling was in 2004, when he rode from Seattle, Washington to Gloucester, Massachusetts with a touring group known as Cycle America.  In conjunction with that trip, he raised over $13,000 for The Melanoma Research Foundation.  Kevin decided to make the cross-country journey, as well as the upcoming Pan-American Ride, in honor of his father George Madzia, who succumbed to the effects of melanoma in November of 2002.  Kevin is a member of the National Mountain Bike Patrol, and is the Information Technology Coordinator for Century Cycles, based in Peninsula, Ohio, where he also resides.

The Miles 4 Melanoma Pan-American Ride team recently announced the support of their first major corporate sponsor.  Raleigh Bicycles will be providing two Diamondback Transporter bikes that Kevin and Ray will use for their trip.  The Transporter is a 26-inch wheeled mountain-style bike that is designed for heavy-duty commuting and touring.  Its all-steel frame and rigid fork will provide comfortable riding on paved roads and durable performance on the rough roads that the team will encounter in the less-developed areas of the world.

Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer.  However, if it is recognized and treated early, it is nearly 100 percent curable.  But if it is not, the cancer can advance and spread to other parts of the body, where it becomes hard to treat and can be fatal.  While it is not the most common of the skin cancers, it causes the most deaths.  The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2007, there were 8,110 fatalities, 5,220 in men and 2,800 in women in the U.S.

The Melanoma Research Foundation is the largest private, national organization devoted to melanoma.  Their mission is to support medical research for finding effective treatments and eventually a cure for melanoma, to educate patients and physicians about the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of melanoma, and to act as an advocate for the melanoma community to raise the awareness of this disease and the need for a cure.

Recently named a Top 100 Bicycle Retailer in the U.S. for the seventh time, Century Cycles has hometown bicycle stores in Medina, Peninsula, and Rocky River, providing high-quality bicycles and exemplary service to cyclists and their families in Northeast Ohio for the past 16 years. Century Cycles is active locally and nationally in support of the benefits of bicycling, bicycling paths, and other issues of vital importance to the cycling community. More information can be found at

Raleigh Bicycles is headquartered in Kent, Washington, and manufactures high-quality bicycles under the Raleigh and Diamondback brand names.  Since 1887, they have provided bicycles for racing, touring, and recreational use for cyclists of all ages and abilities.  More information can be found at and

To help the Miles 4 Melanoma team meet their $20,000 goal, donations may be made on-line at  Donations can also be mailed to Kevin Madzia, P.O. Box 546, Adena, OH  43901.

Corporations and other organizations are encouraged to contact the Miles 4 Melanoma team to discuss sponsorship, in order to assist with trip expenses, or provide equipment, services, or other contributions-in-kind in exchange for promotional consideration.

Images in JPEG format are available upon request of:

  • Miles 4 Melanoma Pan-American Ride Logo
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Ushuaia, Argentina
  • Ray Query and Kevin Madzia
  • Diamondback Transporter Bicycle


MRF Announces 2008 Named Research Grants

The Melanoma Research Foundation announces its list of Named Research Grants for 2008. Because of the direct efforts of volunteers and donors, over $1,000,000 in grants are being awarded this year. Thank you for making this possible!

Second Year Career Development Awards

Dr. Alexander KrupnickWashington University (St. Louis): Award in Honor of Katie Brennan, Dermatology Interest Group (DIG) of Texas Tech, Vanderbilt/Meharry, and Wright University, Karen Dolge, Tyler Feldman, William Gelston, Ian Maclellan, Beth Nagurny, and Ralphstock

Dr. Arati SharmaThe Pennsylvania College of Medicine (Hershey): Award in Memory of John Geltrude and Tricia Elaine Black by Teb’s Troops

Dr. Angela HessBloomsburg University (Pennsylvania): Award in Memory of Kathy Domijan, Art Fuller, Robert Hansen, Mary Ellen Koutny, Chris Kutter, Paul Mikaulauskas, Kathy Salling, Deb Sandry, Whitney Watkins, Leonard E. Warren, and Jon Warrington

Dr. Jonathan LeeUMDNJ/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (New Brunswick): Award in Memory of Kent McCullough

Dr. Gregory LesinskiThe Ohio State University: Award in Memory of Judie Bailey, Tom Butler, Amanda Carter-Horn, Joe Falso, George Madzia, Gordon Meldrum, Amber Murphy, Murray Richardson, Carl Osterlof, Mike Revers, Bruce Schocken, Bob Whitman, and George A. Wilkins

Dr. Victoria CrotzerIndiana School of Medicine: Award from The Bill Walter III Melanoma Research Fund and In Memory of Aaron Anchor and Jack Riemen

Dr. Kevin BrownThe Translational Genomics Research Institute (Phoenix): Award in Honor of 2007 Wings of Hope Recipient: Dr. Paul Chapman

Dr. Xiaowe XuUniversity of Pennsylvania: Award in Memory of Kathy Bowers, Lucien Caron, Gary D. Cox, Kerry Daveline, Randy G. Johnson, Sara Pauli, Larry Poplawski, Dolores Ryan, Linda A. Transou, and Ken Ulrey

First Year Career Development Awards

Dr. Paul AntonyJohns Hopkins University (Baltimore): The Brenda MacDonald Melanoma Foundation Award

Dr. Susanne SchlisioDan Farber Cancer Institute: Award in Memory of Don Aronow

Dr. Soheil DadrasStanford University: The Two Faced Cosmetics’ Love Lisa Award

Dr. Karen Taraszka HastingsUniversity of Arizona: Award In Honor of Kelly’s Dream and The New Jersey Miles for Melanoma Walk

Dr. William KimThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Award in Honor of Balmoral Turkey Trot, Cincinnati Miles for Melanoma Teams, Full Spectrum Dermatology, Dan & Pam Howard, and Dean Packer

First Year Established Investigator Awards

Dr. Edward DeFaboThe George Washington University (Washington DC): The Diana Ashby Award In Memory of Danny Federici of the E Street Band

Dr. Boris C. BastianUniversity of California, San Francisco: The Susan Fazio Melanoma Research Foundation Award

Dr. Patrick HwuMD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston): Award in Memory of James Robbins

Donor Designated Grant

Dr. Jedd WolchukMemorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: The Sohn Foundation Award

Raleigh/Diamondback to provide bicycles

I just got word that Raleigh America has agreed to sign on as our first major corporate sponsor by providing both Ray and I with the bicycles to use on the Pan-American Ride. They’ll be giving us two of the Diamondback Transporter bikes. This bike is just what we’ve been looking for; with an all-steel frame and 26-inch wheels, it’s optimized for touring in rough conditions, as well as for the everyday commuter.

Diamondback Transporter

Danny Federici of the E Street Band dies of melanoma at age 58

After a three-year battle with melanoma, Danny Federici, long-time keyboardist for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, died on April 17, 2008. Danny had announced a leave of absence from the band in November of 2007 in order to concentrate on receiving treatment for the illness. He made a brief appearance with the band at a show in Indianapolis on March 20, 2008. More details can be found at this article from Associated Press/Google.