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Man riding coast to coast stops in La Crosse


ONALASKA, Wis. (WXOW) - A Texas couple, Sophia and Randy Smith, always dreamt of riding their Harleys from coast to coast. Unfortunately that dream never happened.

Sophia passed away from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease in 2013.

To raise awareness of the disease, and in honor of Sophia, Randy is making the ultimate "poker run." He is traveling from South Texas, to California, to Washington, to Maine, then to Florida before heading back to Texas.

News 19 caught up with him Wednesday at the La Crosse Area Harley Davidson in Onalaska.

"I left June 1 and I'm not going back until I'm done," said Randy. "I've already rode 700 miles out west."

Along his ride, Randy plans to ask every person he meets for a donation of 10-dollar or more to help Hospice of South Texas complete its end-of-life Center of Compassion. Randy hopes to name this inpatient center in memory of his wife, Sophia who he calls his "Yellow Rose".

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