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Oct 15 2013
4K for Cancer Bicycle Trip of a Lifetime
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This summer I rode my bicycle 4,650 miles from Baltimore, Md. to San Francisco, with 25 other college-aged students for the 4kforCancer. The journey took us 70 days, dipping our back tires into the (Atlantic) Inner Harbor of Baltimore as we departed on June 2, and arriving in San Francisco on August 10, dipping our front tires into the Pacific (San Francisco Bay). The 4kforCancer raises funds for the Ulman Cancer fund for Young Adults. We spread awareness and raise funds for young adults affected by cancer along the entire year of prepping for the ride and then throughout the ride.

I am a cancer survivor and decided this journey of a lifetime was something very close to my heart that I would be silly to pass up on the opportunity. So after raising $7,000.00 before June 2, I embarked the journey on my bicycle! We rode through some absolutely incredible sites, brutal humidity in the Midwest and then very dry heat in the western deserts, the Appalachian Mountains, the Blue Ridge, the Smokey Mountains, the Ozarks, the Rockies, the Sierra Nevadas, climbing 12,200 feet above sea level on our bicycles in Rocky Mountain National Park.

I completed the greatest summer of my life, the journey of a lifetime, and made 25 strangers not only my team but my family without a doubt. We completed service day projects throughout the summer for various cancer centers and Ronald McDonald houses, too! Each day we dedicated to someone special to us who had been affected by cancer and usually wrote their names on our legs. At night we stayed with hosts whom were set up before the ride by our team. Usually with churches, YMCAs, schools and some home-stays. We had two support vans that every day we rotated who drove them. The vans carried our luggage, were responsible for getting donations/food donations/sunscreen/necessities, and they set up our water stops usually every 20 miles along the route to refill and refuel.

See the below photo gallery of photos I took on my ride.

   
   
   
   
   




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Sister Myra Richards November 4, 2013 at 01:52 pm

What an accomplishment! I rode 45 miles in a cancer bikeathon in Lorain, Ohio and collected the most money of all the riders. My goal was to ride 50 miles but the Seniors who were 'manning' the booths along the way grew tired and so they ended the race when I was only 5 miles short of my dream. I can't imagine how tired you must have been but the pictures don't reflect any loss of energy. Congratulations !



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