Two northeast Nebraska women are taking a cross-country bicycle ride this summer to raise money for cancer research.
Twenty-one-year-old Christina Schroeder of Crofton and 22-year-old Megan Goeden of Hartington are part of a cycling team riding from the East Coast four-thousand miles to California.
Schroeder says the route begins in Baltimore, Maryland. Schroeder says, “We’ll go down through Virginia, then Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Nevada and we end in San Diego, California.”
They are taking part in the “4K for Cancer” ride, where cyclists travel long distances to raise money and awareness for cancer treatment and prevention. Schroeder says it will take some time to get across the country.
“The total trip will be 70 days and we will have 10 required rest days where we will be doing education and service events, so it will be 60 biking days,” Schroeder says. “We will each be in charge of rotating van duties as well.”
Schroder’s best friend is a cousin of Jack Hoffman, a 10-year-old from Atkinson and a brain cancer survivor. In 2013, the young Huskers fan was put in uniform and ran a touchdown during a spring practice game before 60,000 fans at Memorial Stadium. The YouTube video has more than 8-million views.
Schroeder says she’s inspired by the story and the Team Jack Foundation, which brought her to sign up for the coast-to-coast bike ride with 4K for Cancer.
“After researching the program, I decided it was a really good program and it didn’t really matter the physical struggle I had to go through,” she says. “The cancer victims have to go through physical struggles as well and I was more than willing to put up the effort to bike for them.”
The goal is to raise $15,000. They dipped their bike tires in Baltimore harbor last week.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton