Cyclists roll through LC on benefit campaign

A group of 22 cyclists rode through Lake Charles on Friday in the second week of their Texas 4000 for Cancer campaign, a fundraiser for cancer researchers and patient support providers.

The riders, all full-time University of Texas students, are taking part in an 18-month leadership program that involves training, volunteer events and hospital visits.

“Texas 4000 envisions a world where all students can become leaders in creating a cancer-free future,” reads the group’s website.

The group raises money via sponsors, donations and various events. Last year Texas 4000 raised $435,000 and gave grants to Brent’s Place, First Descents, MD Anderson, San Juan, UTBME, UT Southwestern, and Young Adult Cancer Canada.

Brook Chambers, 21, said she is cycling for her aunt, who has breast cancer, and her late grandmother. “It feels amazing,” Chambers said. “I also feel people touch me so much.” She said she enjoyed seeing how small acts of charity can help others.

To take part in the program, students must fill out an application and undergo an interview. The chosen cyclists are split into three groups of about 25, said Emmy Laursen, program coordinator.

According to the group’s website, the cyclists will make a major stop in New Orleans on Monday, June 13, and will then continue on their 4,000-mile trip through the Ozarks and around to Anchorage, Alaska.

Written by Emily Burleigh

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