Bicyclists riding 4,000 miles drop off cancer donation at Gundersen


More than 20 bicyclists participating in what is billed as the “longest charity ride in the world” took a break Thursday evening in La Crosse to drop off an $11,000 donation for the Gundersen Medical Foundation and meet with a cancer support group.

So far, they’ve pedaled 2,504 miles.

The University of Texas students are among almost 70 who left their campus in Austin 35 days ago, headed more than 4,000 miles to Anchorage, Alaska, with a goal of raising $825,000 for cancer research. The Longhorns who stopped in La Crosse are following the Midwest route, while two other herds are bicycling through the Rocky Mountains and the Sierras, all expected to converge in Canada to ride the final 10 days of the 70-day trek to Anchorage.

After a short ceremony at Gundersen, the bicyclists met with members of A Bump in the Road, a local cancer support group for adolescents and young adults.

The ride is the culmination of 18 months of leadership development training, volunteering and fundraising. Along the way, cyclists make presentations about cancer prevention and early detection and share their personal stories with cancer fighters of all ages.

More than 600 students have made the trip since the annual ride began in 2003, collectively raising more than $7 million to fight cancer.

For more information on the ride, to make a donation or to read cyclists’ blogs, go to the Texas 4000 website.

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