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Touring around the world without fear of cance
      Emiko Seal, female, born in 1965 in Tokyo, Japan, grew up in Osaka. She became a cyclist from 16 years old, and visited around Awaji Island at 19 years old to experience the beauty of the nature and the valuable friendship between the people. She also visited around Hokkaido, Shikoku and Kyushu on bicycle. When she was 22 years old, she expressed her hope to visit around the world.
      One day in 1988, she met with Steve Seal in Australia, and then they kept each other company. They visited Southeastern Asia on mountainbike, returned to Japan in 1990. On April 1, 1991, they paid a visit to Latin America, Africa and Europe, but finally returned home from Pakistan due to cancer in January, 2001. After marrying Steve Seal, they began a tour to Taiwan on July 5, 2002.
       “A person has to live dependently with others although he/she is born and passes away lonely.“ Emiko, the first Japanese cyclist, has finished her dream of visiting the world in 22 years old--“dream, never give up!“
      During their first leg to Alaska, they once met the grey bear, and also witnessed riots in Los Angeles, traffic jam in Mexico; they were even intercepted by guerilla in Costarica, and attacked by leopard in Andean Mountain.
      Emiko was infected by malaria and Steve suffered from schistosome in Ghana. In the Guinea, they were arrested on the suspicion of espionage.
      Emiko also planned to visit around Taiwan in October, 2001, and then return to Japan one week later. However, Emiko was sick in a small village when they entered into Pakistan from China. Then, Emiko was admitted to a hospital in Islamabad, and diagnosed of fatal carcinoma of uterine cervix.
      She will face a danger of death without operation, a physician said. In such case, Emiko had to suspend her journey and returned home. At end of April, 2001, her uterus and lymph node were cut off, and then subjected to chemical treatment. On July 5, 2002, they made a bicycle tour around the world for the benefit of the disabled children and young cancer patients.
      As a whole, cancer-fighter Emiko visited 78 countries in 13 years, with a distance about 110,000km, showing her courage of “fighting the cancer and visiting the beautiful world”.