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Icelander to cycle for stem cell research

Sporting hero Bjarki Birgisson, who walked around Iceland last year to raise money for disabled children, has announced plans to cycle around the USA in 2008 to support stem cell research.

When Birgisson was being born, the umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck, resulting in slight disability; “I’m a little bit pigeon-toed,” Birgisson wrote on his website,

Birgisson’s disability has not prevented him from participating in sports. He has won swimming championships many times over, in Iceland and abroad, and he has also been a goal keeper in victorious national handball matches.

In the summer of 2005, Birgisson walked around Iceland with a blind friend, Gudbrandur Einarsson, in an initiative called “Haltur leidir blindan” (“The lame leads the blind”).

The purpose of the initiative was to raise money for a consulting service for children with disability. It was supported by Iceland’s first lady, Dorrit Moussaieff. This story is reported in Bladid.

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