Two teams riding for 4k For Cancer arrived in Paonia last week. The first came on Tuesday, July 16, heading for San Francisco, and the second on Saturday, July 20, heading for San Diego.
Both teams were hosted by the Paonia United Methodist Church.
4k For Cancer is one of the programs offered by the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, a non-profit organization. Their website states, "The money raised by our riders goes toward supporting the efforts and initiatives of the [fund]."
Saturday's team started in Baltimore and will finish in San Diego on Aug. 10. Their overnight stop in Paonia marked the 50th day of their trip.
Rider Aaron Litz said, "I'm feeling exhilarated as we are nearing the end." Litz is from Washington, D.C.
Among the 26 who arrived on Saturday were Erika Morrissette of New York, Charlotte Ridgeway of Connecticut and Evan King of New York. A man from Denver was in the group; others were from Chicago, Detroit and Maryland. The riders range in age from 18 to 25.
"I did this for a challenge and an excuse to see the country, push myself, meet new people," Charlotte Ridgeway said.
Erika Morrissette spoke of her younger brother who was diagnosed with leukemia at seven. "I've seen first hand how cancer affects families. Every day I'm inspired by the people we meet along the way. No regrets on this trip," Erika said.
"My aunt was diagnosed with cancer a few years back," Evan shared. "Luckily she's cancer-free now, but cancer just kind of follows you. A close family friend of mine was diagnosed with cancer just a few months ago. Unfortunately, before the ride started, the cancer spread and about two weeks before the ride she passed away. So she's one of the main reasons I'm doing this ride."
Their profiles, along with their fellow 4k For Cancer riders, can be seen at www.4kforcancer.org.blog comments powered by Disqus