Group biking 4000+ miles for cancer research stops in La Crosse

Texas 4000 cyclists riding from Austin to Alaska

A group of people biking across the continent for a good cause made a pit stop in La Crosse Wednesday night.

More than 20 cyclists from the “Texas 4000” charity ride visited Gundersen Health System.

Riding from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska, the group will cover more than 4000 miles while fundraising and bringing hope to those with cancer.

One of the riders, McKay Proctor, says riding 4000 miles in 70 days is a big challenge, but is nothing compared to the challenges people fighting cancer live with every day.

“There are some days where we wake up and our legs are killing us, and our knees hurt and our backs and hands, and the last thing we want to do is go sit on our bike and move our feet in a circle for 9 to 10 hours at a time,” said Proctor. “But because of the reasons we’re doing this, because we care about raising money for cancer research and prevention, we get back on the bike every time.”

Since the ride began in 2003, a total of more than $7 million dollars has been raised. The group turns over all of the money they collect to help fund research grants and treatment centers.