College students bike across the nation to raise cancer awareness

Published On: Jun 29 2013 05:32:14 PM CDT   Updated On: Jun 29 2013 07:40:15 PM CDT
LA CROSSE, Wis. -

A group of cyclists rolled through the La Crosse area Saturday, but for a different cause.

The Livestrong Texas 4000 team stopped at Gundersen Health System in La Crosse today on its way to Alaska.

The group is made up of almost 70 college students who start in Texas and bike their way across the nation, stopping at cities along the way.

At each stop, they raise awareness and money for the fight against cancer.

This is the first time the group has stopped in La Crosse.

Organizers said they plan to come back every year.

They said biking more than 4,000 miles is all worth it to encourage those battling cancer.

"Our primary focus is on meeting folks who have been affected by cancer, sharing our stories on how we originally came to join the organization, and essentially just create a cancer-fighting community all across the United States and Canada," said Samantha Archer, Texas 4000 route organizer

So far, the team has raised $450,000 for cancer research.

It's goal is $800,000.