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Dubuque artist creates Chemo bike, enters in contest

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

One Dubuque artist is competing online for a $5,000 prize. James Avery has entered an international innovation contest sponsored by Boca Bearings.

The grand prize is $5,000, which Avery said would be used towards creating a STEM "Science Technology Engineering Math" lab or a Maker Space for the Dubuque Community.

Avery has entered his bike called "ABC2" into the competition. The bike itself is about 6 feet tall and 13 feet long and weights in a little over 200 pounds. It's a project Avery has been envisioning for 15 years, but didn't come to life until he learned his life was coming to an end.

In January, Avery was diagnosed with stage four Cancer.

"When I found out I was sick I quit doing outside work, normally I do ornamental iron work and I just decided I'm going to do what I want to do," said Avery.

Avery began working on ABC2 shortly after. He said he calls it his Chemo bike since he was going through Chemo during the build.

"You just get tired a lot and some days you don't feel like doing anything, but I think it was good for me. It gave me something to go to work and get up and do stuff rather then sitting around," said Avery.

Avery is currently still battling cancer. He said doctors say he has 1-2 years to live. In November, Avery will be closing his welding shop "Avery Railing" to create a smaller work space in the comfort of his home. He said an auction will be held for tools in his shop on November 1, 2014 at 10 a.m.

If you would like to vote for Avery's piece, click here.

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