Men Ride Bikes From Memphis to Rosemary Beach to Raise Awareness for Cancer

ROSEMARY BEACH, Fla. - A five day trek is over for 31 men from Tennessee. They rode all the way from Memphis to Rosemary Beach to raise money and awareness for cancer.

Anticipation was high for family members who came all the way from Memphis to Rosemary Beach to see family members complete the bike trip.

"I just can't wait to see him and see his face, I have a handkerchief in my purse!" said Jenny Lavelle.

It's been five days since Jenny Lavelle's seen her husband David.

He's just one of 31 men who rode 525 miles to raise money and awareness for cancer for the WINGS program at West Cancer Center in Tennessee.  

"Give back to your community and fight against something that kills too many people," said one of the three founders of the event Todd Tillmanns. 

But the ride meant a lot more to many of the men and their families. 

"My daughter is a cancer survivor and my sister is a cancer survivor." said Lavelle.

"One of my good friends last year had brain cancer so he had a tumor removed so I was kind of riding in honor of him today," said rider Bryant Funston. 

Funston says the ride wasn't without struggles.

"You go through a lot of hard times and its very symbolic of life sometimes you know ups and downs but with this group of people we are able to conquer anything that comes our way," said Funston. 

This was the 7th year of the ride. Many of the men worked in healthcare or fitness. Since they started they have raised a quarter of a million dollars for West Cancer Center.
 


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