Bikers from the Texas 4000 charity bike ride made a stop at Gundersen Health System Wednesday. Students from the University of Texas-Austin will travel 4,500 miles. The event is promoting the fight against cancer and raising funds for cancer research. The Texas 4000 charity is the largest charity bike ride in the world and is twice as long as the Tour de France.
University of Texas student and Texas 4000 participant Christina Pai said the ride is all about promoting "Hope, Knowledge, and Charity" as well sharing personal experiences with cancer that have affected their own lives.
"My best friend's mother was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer, it's metastatic and it's the second time she has had it," Pai said. "So I really joined this organization to ride for her, she as been like a second mom to me, so for this to be a metaphorical fight against cancer has been wonderful."
The students will head to Minneapolis next. Their final destination will be Anchorage, Alaska.