TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Eric Nordgren is fighting cancer with his bicycle. For eight years he has gone on a ride to raise money for local cancer patients.
"It's fun. It's exciting. It's rewarding," he said. "And it is also a memorial to two of my parents, which passed away from cancer."
A few years ago he began riding for children. The kids he will have in mind as he treks 350 miles this year are 6-year-old Karis Selk and 3-year-old Londyn Hibbert.
"It can be a tough time riding for the kids, because the kids I'm writing for, most of 'em, are fighting for their lives," Nordgren said.
To ensure that all donations go directly to the kids, Nordgren's company Aspen Construction along with biking non-profit Sunflowers to Roses and other private partners underwrite all funding.
The joys of fundraising are sometimes coupled with sadness. One of his beneficiaries, Isaac Weichert, recently passed away
"It's hard to ride and cry at the same time," he said. "I was literally in just sobbing tears for the better part of an hour"
Nordgren, 59, is scheduled to complete his nonstop ride Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Ice and Olives.