SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - She was on a cross-country trip, raising money to fight cancer, when tragedy cut that short. Now, friends of a Maryland bicyclist killed in a Central Kentucky crash want to continue her mission.
24-year-old Jamie Roberts died Friday in Scott County when a truck hit her on US 25. She was traveling from Baltimore to Portland, raising money for the Ulman Cancer Fund. When she stopped to work on her bike Friday afternoon on US 25 in Scott County, a driver hit Roberts. The staff member at Catholic University had planned to bike 70 days and 4,000 miles. Now her friends will finish the ride for her.
"The cause is to spread awareness for cancer, and that really sums Jamie up. She just was always up for any challenge especially a challenge that had such a rewarding impact on other people," explained friend Jackie Killebrew.
Killebrew helped start the social media movement, #milesforjamie. Now strangers are showing their support by running for Roberts. Killebrew hopes together, they'll log more than 3,600 miles to finish the journey Jamie started.
Catholic University Athletic Director Sean Sullivan wrote of Roberts and her ride, "with little fanfare, she took on this remarkable physical and emotional quest because she felt as though others were in need and she could help. She also displayed these selfless qualities each and every day we were fortunate enough to work with her."
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