Covering the 6th stage of Tour de Pologne in Lampre-Merida team car is a feast prepared for the winner of charity auction. – Such experience will stay in one’s memory for ever – says Czesław Lang, director general of the race. The money raised in the auction, which began on 29th July will help to continue expensive therapy that Klaudia Pająk has to undergo. Klaudia is an 8-year-old girl from Pisarzowice, Przemyslaw Niemiec’s hometown. – All of us in Lampre-Merida will be a domestique for Klaudia in her race – says Marco Marzano, the team’s sport director.
In 2013 the whole Team LAMPRE-MERIDA got really involved in the story of Klaudia, hoping that the small support the team gave could be a big help for her – says Marco Marzano. This year’s auction is the second one organized together with the team. – Knowing that Klaudia is still fighting to win her race against cancer, we had no doubt that our help is necessary once again. In a cycling team we all know how important is to support each other. All of us in LAMPRE-MERIDA will be a domestique for Klaudia in her race – he adds. Since November 2011, Klaudia has been bravely fighting with malignant tumour (neuroblastoma) and she still needs to undergo an expensive therapy in Germany. – After completing the treatment in Germany we were full of hope that everything would be all right. Unfortunately Klaudia relapsed into disease again and since December she has been receiving another treatment – says Jacek Pająk, her father. – Two months ago she had a bone marrow transplant, her mother being the donor. Now she’s feeling fine. The doctors are about to decide how the treatment should be continued. Probably we will have to go to Greifsweld’s clinic in Germany where Klaudia will get antibodies that should reduce the risk of another relapse by 20%. Me and my wife know many cases of children that underwent such therapy with great success – he adds. The therapy is not refunded by National Health Fund and it will cost 143 thousand euro. All the money from the charity auction (http://allegro.pl/show_item.php?item=3408160964) will support Klaudia’s therapy. The organizer of the action is Merida Poland. Przemyslaw Niemiec, Merida brand ambassador in Poland, supports it together with his team – LAMPRE-MERIDA, the organizers of Tour de Pologne and Iskierka Foundation (Klaudia is under its care).
Will the feast decide?
– Many people of goodwill help us by donating on Iskierka Foundation’s account. Over the past years we’ve met many great people – says Jacek Pająk. He adds that lately his family managed to have a rest from many things related to the disease and to recover before the next challenges. Klaudia is very happy about finishing her first class in school (by individual learning course). Together with her parents she is going to keep fingers crossed for Przemysław Niemiec during Tour de Pologne. – Everybody knows and support each other in Pisarzowice – says Jacek Pająk, who wants to watch every stage of Tour de Pologne together with her daughter in TV. The 6th stage is the one to watch for them with special emotions. Covering the stage in LAMPRE-MERIDA team car is the main part of the cycling feast prepared for the winner of a charity auction. Before the stage the winner will meet Przemysław Niemiec and other LAMPRE-MERIDA riders, he will also receive a cycling jersey with their autographs, a cycling cap and a water bottle.
– The 6th stage in Bukowina Tatrzańska is going to be a special one, the queen one, very beautiful and full of famous climbs. I think you will see a lots of action at this stage, which may be crucial for the entire race – says Czesław Lang, director general of the race. – Such experience will stay in one’s memory for ever. The winner of a charity auction will have a chance to be a part of a cycling team and to see how the race looks from the inside, it must be a dream of many cycling fans – he adds. He also did not hesitate for a moment to support the action for Klaudia. – Our sport community is committed to help those most in need and it is a very good initiative. It’s not just the fight for a top sport result that matters, we promote other important values as well – says Czesław Lang.
Don’t be scared in a team car
Czesław Lang has no doubt that that the winner of the auction will be able to admire performance by Przemysław Niemiec. – Przemek is a fantastic climber and I think he will be one of the most important riders at the 6th stage. He was able to rest a bit because he missed Tour de France and he should be in great shape. I think LAMPRE-MERIDA will strongly support him as a leader – he predicts. His opinion is shared by the team’s sport director. – Team LAMPRE-MERIDA will have the chance to be at the start of the 6th stage relying on Przemysław Niemiec, one of the best Polish climber. His ambitions for Tour de Pologne are great, so he’ll be for sure protagonist in the queen stage – says Marco Marzano. Niemiec will try to provide the winner of the auction and to all his fans a lot of good impressions. – As always I will give it all I have and do my best. I am determined to achieve a good result at home. Last year I competed in Tour de Pologne week after Tour de France and I was not able to race well, but this year is different. I feel refreshed and much better prepared for the race – says Niemiec.
The Polish rider claims that LAMPRE-MERIDA roster for the race is really strong and he knows that the winner of the auction will not be disappointed. – The 6th stage will be the toughest and the most exciting in the whole Tour de Pologne – he says. The team’s sport director agrees with him. – In mountain stages you can admire the essence of cycling, the battle one on one between the cyclist and the climbs: it’s something really special and there’s nothing compared to be in the team car seeing the riders at their max efforts just a few centimeters from you – says Marco Marzano. His advice for a winner of the charity auction is to stay calm in the team car. – I suggest to have trust in the sport director that drives the team car. The downhills in a mountain stage are something crazy, the team cars needs to follow the riders and you can imagine that it’s not simple for a vehicle to cover downhills as fast as a bike. The driver must be skillful, so don’t be scared if the tires whistle!
For more information about Klaudia Pająk please check the website klaudiapajak.pl.