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Kids Go Cross-Country to Fight Cancer

Bristol, Vermont - July 21, 2009

Biking is a passion for many people, but for these students it's become a way of life.

"You get up out of bed and start the day and everything kind of fades away when you are on the bike," says Parker Grayson, 17.

The group is biking across the country. Right now they're on a tricky stretch of Route 17 near Bristol.

They started last month in Bayview, Wash., and will end up in Portland, Maine, in a few days.

"It's just such a great way to see the country," Grayson says.

The trip is not just about sightseeing-- but saving lives. The students are raising money for the Dana Farber Institute in Massachusetts. So far they have $85,000 that will be used by children who don't have enough money for care.

"We're going up hills and it is so tough -- but you think well if I was sitting in the Dana Farber Cancer Institute right now, I wouldn't even be able to do this," says Ellen Richardson, 16. "So it kind of helps you go on."

The teens from St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H., have almost all been touched by cancer and that's why they wanted to take on this big ride.

The students have kept a strong pace all across the country-- they've been averaging 100 miles a day for 45 days straight.

"It's been really fun. There's only been one day out of the 45 days that I've said I don't want to be on a bike right now," says Gwen Schoch, 17. "I had no choice but to keep going and I have right here on my bike I have a Dana Farber sticker and so I just kind of look down when I need it and remember why I'm doing this."

The riders have seen it all; rain, hail, plenty of flat tires, and a few crashes. They camped along the way and stayed in churches and homes.

"It's really one of the things that has contributed to this trip-- the kindness that people have shown us throughout the country and it's what made this whole thing work," Grayson says.

A spirit of giving back picking up speed thanks to these bikers.

The group has three days left on their trip. They're blogging about it and still raising money.

Click here for more information.

Kristin Carlson - WCAX News

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