BEND, Ore. - Brent Bundy is riding his bike across the country this summer on to spread awareness about breast cancer. He left Seaside on June 1st and just reached Bend,. He expects to reach Stanton Island, New York by the end of August.
He has completed this trip twice before and this year it is in honor of his friend who died of breast cancer at the age of 34. Bundy says, "I want to bring awareness that early detection saves lives."
Wearing a bright pink shirt, Bundy rides his mountain bike between 20 and 140 miles each day and enjoys meeting people and talking about his mission.
"I'm basically an introvert by nature," says Bundy, "and this forces me to be an extrovert." He camps along the way and prefers campsites with electricity and showers.
He adds, "I carry a tent and sleeping bag and just need power to recharge my cell phone."
Bundy finds that people are kind along the way and often invite him into their homes for the night.
Although Bundy did not start this trip with the intention of raising funds, people often offer donations to his cause which he passes along to Susan G. Komen's Oregon affiliate.
Bundy is enjoying this weekend in Bend, visiting his brother, before he continues early next week.
Susan G. Komen is the world's largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease.
Working to save lives and end breast cancer forever, the local Oregon affiliate joins more than two million breast cancer survivors and activists around the globe as part of the world's largest and most progressive grassroots network fighting breast cancer. Komen has invested $30 million in Oregon and SW Washington to fund research, early detection, survivor support and advocacy.
Nationally, since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $800 million in research and provided $1.7 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. More information is available at komenoregon.org.