Illini 4000 ride cycles through Klamath Falls

Klamath Falls, Ore. – The ‘Illini 4000’ cross-country bike ride to fight cancer is passing through Klamath Falls.

Rider Sarah Tirnanic said the ride is an emotional one, “Sometimes I find myself tearing up on my bike.”

18 Illini 4000 riders began their trek in New York City on May 28th, and will finish their ride in San Francisco August 8th.

“We’re trying to raise awareness about cancer, and to raise money for cancer research, and patient support services,” explained Ride Leader Catherine Kemp. “While documenting the American cancer experience.”

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“Each day we dedicate our ride to a different person that one of our riders knows who has been affected by cancer, or someone that we meet along the way,” added Kemp.

Sarah Tirnanic lost her father to lung cancer. She said, “I think we were riding into Chicago on Fathers Day – and so we dedicated the ride to my Dad, and it was a super emotional day for me. And also for a lot of my close friends on the team.”

Mike Angeli of ‘The Ledge’ has opened his business to the riders for the third year in a row.

This is the tenth year that the Illini 4000 has been held. Riders have raised over one million dollars for their cause over the past decade.

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