Texas cyclists visit Gundersen during charity ride to Alaska

A group of cyclists riding in what is billed as the longest charity ride in the world received some Coulee Region hospitality Wednesday, courtesy of Gundersen Health System.

Twenty-seven University of Texas students are riding from Austin, Texas, to Anchorage, Alaska, in the annual Texas 4000 charity ride. Texas 4000’s mission is to fundraise, educate and bring hope to those with cancer. On Wednesday evening, they used La Crosse as a rest stop. Gundersen hosted a welcome event for the cyclists and provided the group a chance to talk with members of the “A Bump in the Road” support group for adolescents and young adults with cancer.

“Meeting the Texas 4000 group each year has created a great dialog of how to react to families affected by cancer. It is as a disease that does not discriminate who it picks on,” says Garrett Jerue, cancer survivor and founder of ‘A Bump in the Road.’ “We have been looking forward to staying connected with this group when they come through the La Crosse area. We take away just as much from it as any event.”

“From the plains of America to the bustling cities of China, cancer has maneuvered itself into all corners of the world,” said Tatiana Jessen, a Texas 4000 Rider. “I joined Texas 4000 to help lead the change towards finding a cure.”

For more on the Gundersen Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, visit gundersenhealth.org/cancer. “A Bump in the Road” information can be found at gundersenhealth.org/cancer-and-blood-disorders/pediatrics/a-bump-in-the-road. To read more about the Texas 4000 ride, visit texas4000.org.

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