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A group is biking 1,400 miles to fight cancer

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It's quite a feat traveling 1,400 miles on a bicycle, but some dedicated riders are taking on the challenge for the second year in a row to help in the fight against cancer. They're traveling from Key Highwat in Baltimore all the way to the Florida Keys, and they're doing it on a bike! It's all to raise awareness and money for the Ulman Cancer Fund.

"The Ulman Cancer Fund what has been developed over the years is trying to provide a community of service to those young adults who are either diagnosed by cancer or have to deal with some kind of a cancer experience within their lives," said Brian Satola from The Ulman Fund.

Twenty-four riders and 12 supporters will leave Saturday on their week-long trek. Many of those participating are either cancer survivors or family members touched by the disease. Chris Zahlis lost his 9-year-old son, Dominic, to cancer in 2008. He's doing the ride for the second year. He said last year's ride was life changing.

"I realized I'm not alone in the fight and while I know that my situation was bad I learned the stories of so many other people that struggle," said rider Chris Zahlis.

Wes Shearer lost his sister Jacqueline two years ago. He's doing the ride for the first time in her memory.

"It's tough for someone to understand what you go through when you lose a child or a sister and these people are able to relate to what I'm going through I haven't really talked about it much so I think it will be a good chance for me to kind of open up and share my story," said Wed Shearer, rider.

Along the ride they bond with each other, and make new friends. They'll stop at six different cancer centers on their way down to Florida to spread their message of support and hope.

"One of the opportunities we're going to thank the staff at these cancer centers for engaging with us in the fight against cancer," said Satola. "Those are the front lines people who deal with it day by day basis and we hope to provide some hope for the individuals that are in the cancer centers being treated to see a bunch of people walking in in cycling clothes through their treatment give them a smile a hug probably some tears."

To learn more about the cause, visit www.ulmanfund.org.

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