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Pogopalooza Athlete Set to Break World Record and Raise Awareness for Rare Disease
Date:7/25/2013

New York, New York (PRWEB) July 25, 2013

On Friday, July 26, 27-year-old extreme pogo athlete James Roumeliotis of Lynnfield, Massachusetts, will attempt to break the world record for most consecutive bounces on a pogo stick without rest in New York City’s Washington Square Park. His stunt will kick off Pogopalooza 10, the annual three-day world championship of the sport of extreme pogo and is intended to help raise funds and awareness for scleroderma—a rare and often life-threatening autoimmune disease in the same category as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

Roumeliotis will begin his “bounce to a cure” on Friday at 8:50 A.M. EDT. Representatives from Guinness Book of World Records will be on site to authenticate the record. Those unable to attend in person can follow a live bounce tracker on his website at http://www.bouncetoacure.com. Visitors are encouraged to support Roumeliotis’ efforts by making a donation in his honor to the Scleroderma Research Foundation, a San Francisco-based nonprofit dedicated exclusively to funding medical research aimed at improved therapies and a cure for scleroderma.

The current verified world record stands at 70,076 bounces without loss of balance or rest over 10+ hours and was set by William Hanrahan of Waterford, Connecticut in 1976.

Of his stunt, Roumeliotis says, “There are many people raising money and awareness for certain types of cancer and other very high profile diseases but there aren’t enough people doing unique, high profile things for rare diseases that can be just as devastating to families and individual patients. I hope my attempt inspires others to step outside their comfort zone to do something that will raise awareness.”

Roumeliotis is not a scleroderma patient and his connection to the disease began with a friend’s mother from college. “Until then,” he says, “I had never
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