Bike riders travel more than 500 miles for cancer awareness

A group of cyclists is traveling hundreds of miles to raise awareness for cancer during its Annual Wings Ride To Rosemary Beach. (WJHG/WECP)
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ROSEMARY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Cancer does not discriminate and affects millions across our nation. A group of cyclists rode 525 miles in just five days to help raise awareness of the disease.

The Wings Ride 2 Rosemary bike riders chose Rosemary Beach to finish their journey. They started in Memphis, Tennessee. The organization raises money for the wings supportive care division within the University of Tennessee West Institute for Cancer Research.

"The fact that there are patients going through what they're going through motivates us and helps us," said Ride to 2 Rosemary Rider Jim Lenschau, "In return we're able to raise money to provide services to the cancer patients."

This is the largest group to make the trip in its nine years of riding. About 40 people took part. Event organizers say the ride is also a way to give those struggling with cancer hope.

"It's a ride for those we have suffered from cancer and lost that fight," said Ride 2 Rosemary Rider Brad Adkins. "It's also a ride of hope, hope were gonna find a cure for cancer. It's a ride because we're all affected by cancer love one's friends."

Event organizers say they've raised more than $200,000 this year and more than $1 million in total since they began riding almost a decade ago.

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