Man stops in Hazleton on cross-country bike ride to raise breast cancer awareness


    Man stops in Hazleton on cross-country bike ride to raise breast cancer awareness

    A man is riding his bike across the country to raise awareness for breast cancer.

    On Monday, Bundy traveled from Pottsville to Hazleton along Route 309.

    "I have had people stop me and say, 'let me take you, I'll give you a ride!' Still, I have to do every mile. It doesn't make any sense if I get rides," said Bundy.

    This the sixth year he has rode his bike from Oregon to New York.

    Bundy lost his friend Gina to breast cancer and started the cross-country journey in her memory.

    "He is finding different places where he can just lay his head for a couple hours and keep warm," said Lisa Marie Halecky, Community and Media Relations Specialist with the Lehigh Valley Health Network.

    Along the way, he stays anywhere from churches, to hospitals, to fire stations.

    "I have a tent, but it is a little cold to be out in a tent," said Bundy. "If I don't get help along the way, I would never make it."

    Some of the people helping him along the way are right in Hazleton.

    "Last year, I got a phone call from Brent here at the hospital and he was just asking if we had a bed he could sleep in. And, I'm like, I think we can do a little bit better than that," said Halecky.

    Halecky reached out to hotels in the area and Hazleton's Fairfield Inn & Suites ended up comping his room for the night.

    This year, they are doing the same.

    "We had him stay with us last year and this year and we just feel that it is a good cause. We wanted to do our part in the community to help support him bringing awareness to cancer," said Melissa Lindsey, the General Manager of the hotel .

    "You have to just put yourself out there for others and try to help them out when they are doing something for a good cause like he is," said Halecky.

    Years ago, Bundy was told he had a five percent chance of ever walking again after he was in a car accident. So being able to ride his bike for Gina has an even deeper meaning.

    "Somebody as amazing as him to do something like that, after what he has gone through physically, why wouldn't you just want to help him out?" said Halecky.

    "I feel like everybody probably is touched in some way by cancer whether its you, a friend or a family member, so, it feels good to help,"said Lindsey.

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