Bicyclists riding for cancer research from Texas to Alaska make stop in Coos Bay
COOS BAY, Ore. – 4,000 people from Texas rolled into Coos Bay on bicycles Wednesday with a mission to share hope, knowledge and charity for cancer research.
The Texas 4000 is a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting cancer.
The team is made up of college students.
They started their ride last month in Austin, Texas, with Anchorage, Alaska as the final destination.
The journey will take them 70 days riding more than 4,000 miles.
Each of the riders on the Texas 4000 team has been affected by cancer.
They've either had cancer, know someone who did, or lost someone to the disease.
The group has been raising awareness about cancer at every stop along the way.
"The current numbers we have, like 1 in 2 men is going to be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their life and 1 in 3 women,” said Texas 4000 rider Michael Orlando, “that's just too high for us and that’s why we're out here trying to fight that every single day because those numbers are not numbers that we like to see."
"We just want to be there to let people across the country know that they're not alone in the fight and that there's a whole team of people who are out there fighting for a world without cancer alongside them," said rider Emily Murphy.
Thursday is day 41 of 70 for the riders.
So far they've biked more than 2,000 miles and raised more than $600,000 for cancer research.