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Cyclists ride hundreds of miles for cancer awareness

Reported by: Tyler Hill
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Updated: 10/07/2013 10:15 am
NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) - Have you ever wanted to become a professional cyclist and ride parts of the country? The people you're about to read about don't consider themselves pros, instead, they consider themselves average riders.

Nineteen cyclist began their 525 mile journey Saturday from Memphis, Tenn. and took a break in New Albany at Cooper Park and the Sugaree's Bakery for dessert.

They are riding for an organization called Wings Cancer Foundation, which promotes cancer awareness and a healthy lifestyle.

Along the way, the riders are raising funds for Wings Wellness, a program that teaches cancer survivors to live healthy lifestyles post treatment.

"This ride is a wonderful, wonderful way for a group of men to get together and share an amazing experience," said Todd Tillmans, cyclist. "We're all very founded in our Christian beliefs, so we're just out here serving God and serving people."

"Anytime you try to give to others," he continued. "It's amazing to see how much you receive back, and you never intend it to be that way, but it's a blessing."

The riders have already raised over $100,000.

The trip will conclude October 9 when they reach their destination in Rosemary Beach, Florida.
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