Providence, RI- Head Brown University Football Coach Phil Estes, along with his wife Kate, Defensive Coordinator Mike Kelleher and wife Betsy, are taking on the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) in honor of Brown football alumnus Bill Perry '88, who is battling cancer. RAGBRAI heading into its 40th year, is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state of Iowa, and is the largest and longest bicycle touring event in the world. Brown's team has been named the "Angry Bears."
"We are fighting for Bill as we ride across Iowa so one day soon no one needs to fight this fight," said Coach Estes. "We are very proud to ride for Bill Perry and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute."
Bill Perry is a father, a husband and a Brown football alum who is currently battling thyroid cancer. Thyroid cancer is one of the many underfunded and less well-known types of cancer. The "Angry Bears" have made it their goal to create a platform for the Brown family to join together, in Bill's name, and in the Perry family tradition, to help shed light on this health challenge. The American Cancer Society projects 57,000 new cases of thyroid cancer in 2012.
The "Angry Bears" will start their seven-day 471.1-mile ride across Iowa on July 22 beginning in Sioux Center and will conclude the race in Clinton. During their trek the team will also be riding through Coach Estes' hometown of Cedar Rapids, just the second time in RAGBRAI's 40-year existence it is going through his hometown.
To learn how you can donate, or sponsor the team of "Angry Bears," visit angrybearsride.com for instructions.
Phil, Kate, Michael and Betsy ask you to help them as they support their friend Bill by following the race on their website and to help the cause by donating.
The team will be making frequent updates and blogging throughout their journey on angrybearsride.com