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Bikers continue trek for cancer

Summarized by Rosemary Pollock

Bikers continue trek for cancer
(BYU) Daily Universe 27Jul99 C7
By Curtis L. Black: NewsNet Staff Writer

On July 5, Ryan Hughes, 22, and Jeff Brand, 23, began a 4200 mile cross-country journey near Seattle to raise cancer awareness. "We drove north to Mukilteo, Washington placed the rear tires of the bicycles in the Pacific Ocean, and they were off," said John Brand, Jeff's father.

Ryan Hughes who is studying business at BYU along with Jeff Brand, a UVSC student, are averaging about l00 miles per day and are ahead of schedule. "They've crashed and burned several times," said Toni Tomlinson, Central Utah Area director of the American Cancer Society. "They said they are getting good at crashing." "They're sore. They're pushing themselves really hard, but they say they know the pain will stop sometime soon," Tomlinson said.

In preparation for the trek, Hughes and Brand spent countless hours operating booths in front of grocery stores accepting donations for the American Cancer Society. The gear that they are using on the trip was donated by local businesses.

In Montana, the driver of their support vehicle decided to turn back for Washington. The rest of the journey has found Hughes and Brand packing all their gear on the bikes.

Hughes and Brand have been featured on local TV and radio broadcasts. A welcome-home party is planned for mid-August. All previously donated gear will be raffled off and the proceeds will be donated to the local chapter of the American Cancer Society. Tomlinson has arranged several local speaking engagements for the cyclists. "It's just tremendous what they're doing for cancer awareness. They are making a difference," Tomlinson said.

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