Texas 4000 riders pass through Helena sharing their message

KXLH.com | Helena, Montana

HELENA –

Twenty-two students from the University of Texas in Austin are riding for 70 days over 4,500 miles, vowing to fight cancer every mile of the way.

The Texas 4000 riders brought their message of hope and healing to Helena on Thursday.

Math major Bevin Baughn said they are on day 34 and are almost half-way to their destination.

Baughn said, “We are currently on our way from Austin, Texas, to Anchorage, Alaska. Biking 4500 miles across the North American continent.”

She says they bike through communities and talk to folks about why they’re doing what they’re doing. Baughn said, “The cancer statistics out there are really scary. They say that one in two men and one in three women will get cancer at some point in their lives. So Texas 4000 is really fighting against that. We want a cure but we also want to spread hope and happiness along the way.”

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For many riders, the motivation to press on is personal.

“Every single morning we circle up and we talk about who we want to dedicate our ride to and usually that’s someone we know that’s fighting cancer, someone we know that’s passed away, someone we know who’s a survivor,” Baughn explained. “…it really just grounds us, it really reminds us why we’re doing this and it’s just a great way to remember, honor those that we know and love.”

The riders are one of three Texas 4000 teams riding against cancer this summer.

The Rockies team has raised a record $650,000 for cancer prevention and research.

Click here follow the riders on their journey and learn more about their mission.
Written by Dennis Carlson

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