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If three guys pull off what they hope to, a local cancer facility will have a half-million dollars more to help its patients.
They hope to raise the money by getting donations and biking from Bismarck to St. Petersburg, Florida.
2,500 miles.
Mike Chaussee and photojournalist Tom Palanuk catch up with the Bike 2 Believe crew as they continue to get ready for their big trip
One
pedal
at a time.
That's how Joe Berger, Brock Schauer and Devin Coyle, plan to get to St. Petersburg, Florida.
(Brock Schauer/Bike2Believe)"We're energetic enough to do it.  We're goal oriented.  We're going to do it,"
What they do when they get there...really doesn't matter.
They're going, so they can give back...here.
The Bismarck Cancer Center stands to benefit if they reach their 500-thousand dollar goal.
(Joe Berger/Bike2Believe) "We all have a deep passion for helping people.  We're incredibly active, we have a ton of energy."
All three have been touched by cancer...Joe's close friend, Devin's grandmother, Brock's mom...
(Berger) "Everybody's affected by cancer in some way shape or form."
They hope to do more than raise money.
They hope to raise spirits...stopping at 10 cancer hospitals on the way.
(Berger) "We'll interact with these patients, show our support.  Anyone can just bike across America to try to raise money, but we want to get in there and try to affect these people's lives in a positive way."
(Sara Kelsch/Bismarck Cancer Center) "Everywhere you go they're just inspiring everybody, you can't help but get excited for them."
They are plenty excited.
(Berger) "We cannot wait to get on the Bike2Believe tour."
But they're nervous too.
(Berger) "Safety is the only scary thing.  We're not worried about being sore or tired because we're used to that."
They'll pass through 10 major cities, a mountain range and all sorts of weather conditions.
(Devin Coyle/ Bike2Believe) "We plan on going about 75 miles a day."
To do that - they'll average about 15 miles an hour and ride about seven hours a day.
But they won't be alone.
Sponsors provided a truck and a camper for their trip.
(Kelsch) "Their goal is pretty high but you know they've got such great personalities, I think they're going to pull it off.  We're happy with whatever they do, we're thrilled with them already."
And they'll be on the minds of the people they're helping the most.
(Berger) "We want to be there for them."
The bikers leave May 31st from the University of Mary.
They asked anyone who wants to join them for the first few miles, to bring their bike.

Below is a link to the Bike2Believe website, click there for more information on the guys and to learn how to donate to their cause.
http://bike2believe.org/


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