Cross Country Bike Run
by Dennis Biviano
See video of the news broadcast: http://www.wkbn.com/news/local/19376419.html
Coast-to-coast bicyclists are riding to raise awareness for cancer research...They call themselves 4-K for Cancer.Tonight about 25 members of the group made a pit stop in Boardman. But, they won't stick around for long... Because as Dennis Biviano tells us... They still need to pedal 3-Thousand miles....
After a 53 mile trip in from Butler Pennsylvania.....a well deserved rest....But the Hopkins 4-K for Cancer bicyclists have just begun.
"WE JUST KINDA CRUISE ALONG STREETS, HOPEFULLY NOT TO HIGHWAY, NOT TOO POT-HOLELY. IT'S KIND A HARD TO GUESS HOW THAT WORKS OUT BEFORE WE START."--Ondrej Juhasz
Each of the 25 riders have to come up with 4-thousand dollars worth of sponsorship. They are hoping to raise more than 100 thousand dollars for the Baltimore Hope Lodge which is headed by the American Cancer Society.
"BASICALLY IT'S A HOME AWAY FROM HOME FOR PEOPLE RECEIVING CANCER TREATMENT IN MAJOR CITIES AND ITS PRIMARILY FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN'T AFFORD THE HOUSING THAT IT WOULD COST WHILE THEY ARE RECEIVING TREATMENT."--Katherine Young Fairhaven, New Jersey
The group travels with three cargo trucks...and makes stops at local churches or community centers across the US. Westminster Presbyterian Church of Boardman hosted them tonight for the second year in a row.
"THEY CONTACTED US AGAIN THIS YEAR. SO WE CAN DO THEM TH SAME. PROVIDE THEM A MEAL TONIGHT. SNACKS WHEN THEY GOT HERE EARLIER AND BREAKFAST IN THE MORNING BEFORE THEY TAKE OFF."--Vivian Naome Local Coordinator
The entire trip...4--thousand miles...of course taking a few detours from here to San Francisco California...They're expecting to arrive there Saturday July 26th. Members say the best part of traveling the country is meeting new people along the way.
"I'M NOT SURE ITS REALLY SET IN WHAT EXACTLY WHAT I'M ABOUT TO DO. BUT I THINK ITS DEFINITELY GOING TO PAY OFF BECAUSE I'VE NEVER BEEN TO CALIFORNIA, NEVER BEEN PAST KANSAS. SO NOT ONLY AM I GOING TO MEET SO MANY PEOPLE. I'M GOING TO SEE A WHOLE PART OF THE COUNTRY I'VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE IN A COMPLETELY AND UNIQUE WAY THAT MOST PEOPLE NEVER GET TO."--Anna Johnston
After a good night's rest...they rise with the sun...pack up their belongings...and ride on....70 plus miles northwest...destination Cleveland.