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From Toronto to Niagara Falls on one wheel: Man riding unicycle 200 km to fight cancer

200 kilometres on a unicycle will be the longest ride for Karim Kammah, who's done tours in Europe and Canada on one wheel

Karim Kammah will participate in the 200-kilometre ride from Toronto to Niagara Falls this summer, raising funds for Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

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Karim Kammah will participate in the 200-kilometre ride from Toronto to Niagara Falls this summer, raising funds for Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

On the day he turns 30, Karim Kammah will take on the longest ride of his life yet.

On just one wheel to boot.

“It’s kind of a nice birthday present I guess,” said Kammah, a French citizen who’s lived in Montreal and Toronto for the past two years.

A unicyclist extraordinaire who’s done multiple tours in Europe and Canada, Kammah is preparing to join this year’s Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer. The 200-kilometre trek from Toronto to Niagara Falls will be his longest adventure – his longest race was 100 kilometres at the Canal des Media in France.

The ride is open to cyclists looking to challenge themselves for a good cause.  

“Unicycling is great,” he said. “You can do all tricks like crosses and straights, and it almost feels like skateboarding. I think I’ll do very well.”

All year round, his unicycle is his main mode of transportation, from grocery shopping to visiting friends and just discovering different corners of the city. Back in Europe, he was even on a basketball team where all players used unicycles while shooting hoops.

It may be a joy for Kammah to participate in the ride, but his participation is driven by the desire to make a contribution toward those fighting cancer.

“All I want is to help, as much as I can,” he said. “I guess everyone has heard of someone fighting cancer or people who have died from it. It affects us all and it’s good to help.”

Kammah’s goal is to raise $3,200 for Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Contributions can be made online at www.conquercancer.ca

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