Monday, August 28, 2017
A new edition of the #ChagasChallenge, promoted by Mundo Sano and the multinational pharmaceutical company Chemo Group, has now begun. For the third time, this charity adventure will be supported by the athlete Chema Martinez, who will hang up her running shoes for a few days to cover the 750 kilometres that separate Madrid from the Portuguese capital by bike.
Her only aim: to help raise awareness of Chagas Disease, a relatively unknown tropical, parasitic disease that nevertheless chronically affects almost 7 million people worldwide, with 55,000 of those affected living in Spain.
Lisbon is the final destination in this new edition of the #ChagasChallenge, an adventure whereby Chema Martinez, accompanied by a dozen brave amateur athletes, will cycle an average of 135 kilometres in each of the 5 legs that comprise the route.
Pedalling 750 kilometres for charity
With this challenge, Chema Martínez and her team will cross the peninsula, going through provinces such as Madrid, Toledo, Cáceres or Badajoz. They departed on Monday, 28 August from Alcobendas (Madrid), with the team heading towards Las Herencias (Toledo) in what will be the longest of the 5 legs, a total of 160 kilometres. The second leg, which is no easier, will cross Puerto de San Vicente, Guadalupe, Berzocana and Finca.
From Finca they will head to La Roca de la Sierra, going through Trujillo and Cáceres. They will then begin the fourth leg, 144 kilometres long, to reach Cano. Once in Portugal the final leg will take place, whereby these intrepid travellers, dedicated to this cause, will pedal with all their might until they reach Lisbon, the "City of Light".
How to help: by using the #ChagasChallenge hashtag. Help them to reach their final destination; you are the essential fuel.
Every time #ChagasChallenge is shared on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, the participants will obtain fuel to continue pedalling and thus be able to reach their goal. Without the sufficient number of hashtags, their bicycles will stop and they will not be able to continue their fight to stop Chagas in its tracks.
Each turn of the pedals counts, every kilometre covered will raise money for the fight against this disease until reaching the €100,000 that Chemo will donate to the Mundo Sano Foundation for its research projects and social intervention such as screening tests that help to identify those affected who could receive treatment once diagnosed.
About Chagas disease
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