AUSTIN -- A group of 69 University of Texas students headed out on a trip of a lifetime Friday with an ambitious goal of finding a cure for cancer.
The bicyclists are members of the 2013 LiveSTRONG Texas 4000 Team. The group will ride more than 4,000 miles from Austin to Anchorage, Alaska. Each student trained more than 18 months for the ride and raised at least $4,500 to participate. Many of the bicyclists have been touched by cancer in some way.
"I think what is going to get me up every day is looking at that notebook that I have of people that I'm riding for and saying, 'Today I'm going to be riding for this person. I'm going to get up because they're fighting, and I'm going to be fighting too,'" said Mayte Salazar-Ordonez, whose mother is a skin cancer survivor.
On Friday they set off on their first leg from the LBJ Library to Cedar Park. On Saturday they'll be joined by even more cyclists, supporters who signed up to complete the ATLAS ride (the first leg of the ride from Cedar Park to Lampasas). After that, the 69 member student team will travel across the western U.S. over deserts, up mountains and crossing state lines.
The Texas 4000 for Cancer has raised close to $4 million in their 10-year fight against cancer. You can follow the student's blogs, send them supportive notes or donate to their efforts by clicking here.