‘San Francisco to Virginia Beach’: WKU students biking 3,400 miles for Alzheimer’s research

Published: Jul. 18, 2022 at 4:34 PM EDT
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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - 13 students from the Western Kentucky University are biking their way across the United States to raise money for Alzheimer’s research in the state of Kentucky.

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This is the tenth year the ‘Phi Gamma Delta’ fraternity has made the ride they call ‘Bike4Alz,’ a cause with personal significance to several of the riders.

“Alzheimer’s kind of runs in my family, my great grandmother had Alzheimer’s disease and one of the big reasons I did the race personally was one of my best friends from high school, his grandmother actually just died last summer from Alzheimer’s.” said Drew Trapp, WKU Student and biker.

This evening the group is making their way to Hyden from Somerset.

The group only has 546 miles to go on their 3,400 mile journey.

““It absolutely has been a bonding experience, because we spent just about every minute of every day together, for 70 days straight.” said biker and recent graduate Matthew Wininger.

Their goal is to raise $150,000 this year, and the group was at $96,000 when they passed through Louisville.

If you would like to help the group meet their goal, you can donate here.

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