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He rides a borrowed bike, collecting money for his brother's surgery. “If necessary, I will travel around the world”

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The bike is borrowed and the goal is very ambitious – to come from Wrocław to Lisbon. Maciej Pelc set off on a journey across Europe to raise money for his older brother's surgery. He will travel through eight countries, a total of 4,500,000 kilometers. – I'm going, I have plenty of strength. In the back of my mind I am doing it for a good cause – he said on TVN24.

Maciej Pelc intends to go to Lisbon to raise money for surgery for his older brother, Szymon, who has been suffering from congenital lipomatosis since birth, muscle atrophy of the left leg and buttock caused by neurofibromatosis. He has already undergone several surgeries. Doctors in Poland were unable to help him anymore.

Szymon's health condition deteriorated after a car accident that occurred seven years ago. He is in a wheelchair due to unsuccessful spine surgery.

Last year, thanks to the support of donors in the United States, he underwent spine surgery. To get him back on his feet, he needs hip surgery. To raise funds for it, Szymon's brother, Maciej, set off on a borrowed bicycle from Wrocław to Lisbon.

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Maciej Pelc rides a borrowed bicycle to Lisbon to raise money for his brother's surgeryTVN24

For his brother, he will travel through eight countries, covering 4,500 kilometers

Maciej has been on tour for almost three weeks. On Sunday morning he was in Maribor on the Slovenian-Austrian border. He has already completed 1,000 of the 4,500,000-kilometer route.

– It's going really great. I don't look at the kilometers, I get on my bike and ride forward. I have the navigation set to sections. Of course, the mileage is listed there, but I don't pay attention to it. I get on my bike in the morning, I arrive in the evening, before it gets dark, I break down. I don't look at the time of day, nor do I simply look at weather conditions. I'm getting in, I'm going – said Maciej Pelc on TVN24.

– We are 100% prepared and charged with good energy to simply keep going – he added.

Maciej Pelc rides his bike to Lisbon to support his sick brother TVN24

“I don't care about fatigue at all”

When traveling, he follows Eurovelo routes. It will travel through eight countries, covering a total of 4,500,000 kilometers. – These are official European bicycle routes with road signs, so I don't need to use navigation. I'm driving, I don't even look at my phone, I follow the road signs. The route is divided more or less into such points of 50, 60, 70, 80 kilometers upwards, it depends on the terrain, so it is arranged logistically. We also know that in practice not everything works out, but the energy, the support, that I can relieve my family, especially my mother, and save my brother, I don't care about the fatigue at all. I'm going, I don't lack strength, because in the back of my mind I'm doing it for a good cause – says the traveler.

He rides a borrowed bicycle to Lisbon to raise money for his brother's surgery – the whole conversation TVN24

You can help

Fundraising for Szymon Pelc's surgery is underway on the website siepomaga.pl. The goal is PLN 430,000 for hip surgery in a clinic in the United States. On Sunday morning, there was already over PLN 200,000 in the account.

The collection for Szymon Pelc is conducted on the Siepomaga.pl platform

– I am one hundred percent sure that the action will be successful. I would really like to thank every person who contributed to making this campaign develop. It's a really great feeling – comments Szymon's brother, Maciej.

In an interview with TVN24, Maciej emphasizes that the collection only concerns hip surgery. Next, Szymon will have his leg operated on. In addition, there are rehabilitation costs – PLN 30,000 per month. – This is really huge money. The cost of treating the leg and operating it can also amount to a million or more. This is a more expensive operation. We don't yet have the cost estimate that was supposed to come from the clinic in the United States. We are still waiting for the cost estimate, then we will find out the total amount, it may be as much as one and a half or two million or more. So we act, we don't give up – says Maciej Pelc.

He adds: – If necessary, I will travel around the world and we will do something even bigger.

There are seven days left until the end of the collection on the website siepomaga.pl, anyone willing can help by donating any amount for Szymon's surgery.

Main photo source: TVN24



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