Waco: Students take 4,000-mile bike ride to raise cancer research funds

WACO, Texas (KWTX) Two-dozen college students who plan to bike 4,000 miles in 70 days to raise money for cancer research made a stop this week in Central Texas, where they were welcomed by complete strangers.

“Waco was incredible,” University of Texas senior from Kate Bomar of Houston said.

“Just walking into Midway, they had water and bananas and we took an ice bath which was amazing. We slept in the dance room and they stored our bikes in the cafeteria. They were just super nice.”

Bomar is part of the group of 24 UT students on a mission called “Texas 4000.”

They plan to ride from Austin to Anchorage, Alaska in 70 days.

“We raise about a dollar or more for every mile we ride per rider,” Bomar said.

“We donate to cancer research facilities services around the country and Canada.”

The group of young cyclists started in Austin on June 2.

On day one, they stopped in Lampasas and on Sunday their route brought them to Waco where fellow cyclist Nancy Goodnight who is the special events coordinator at the Scott & White marrow donor program, was contacted by a friend needing help to feed the group.

“I was going to get it all donated but we didn’t have a lot of time and it was easier to just go out to Sam’s and buy what we needed and do the cooking. We just made eggs and bacon and provided some home-baked good as well as fruit and juice.”

Before leaving Central Texas for Dallas, local volunteers and the Texas 4000 riders circled up to dedicate their ride to someone who has been touched by cancer.

“At my age, I certainly have plenty of that,” Goodnight said.

“I am super impressed by kids at this age who have this kind of drive and determination to tackle something so large. I think it will be one of the greatest adventures of their lives.”

Bomar said the young riders were inspired by Nancy and her lifelong work to help cancer patients around the world.

Coincidentally, Goodnight later ran into the group in Ross when she was on her own morning ride and joined them, treating them to another unexpected meal; this time, kolaches in West.

“Nancy was incredible and I feel really inspired to meet her,” Bomar said.

“She has a small fan club forming in our group.”

The group is scheduled to arrive in Anchorage on Aug. 10.

The ride comes 10 years after a group five Baylor students set out on the same ride to Anchorage to promote suicide prevention.

Read the original article by Julie Hays HERE.