ILLINI 4000 will bike through Emmetsburg, spending the night on Sunday, June 21. This University of Illinois non-profit hopes to raise funds for cancer research and spread awareness about cancer’s impact on America through cross-country bike ride covering over 4,500 miles from New York City, NY to San Francisco, CA. On Sunday, June 21, at 6 p.m., the Illini 4000 will be at Bethany Lutheran Church to interact with the community. Illinois Alumni and Emmetsburg community members are encouraged to attend. The Illini 4000 is a student group and nonprofit organization based out of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Every summer, Illini 4000 sends a group of students on a cross-country bicycle trip to fundraise for cancer research, spread information about cancer. Members of the Illini 4000 also interview those who have been affected by cancer as a part of the Portraits Project. The Portraits Project is a collection of narratives, also known as Portraits, that demonstrate how cancer affects people across America. While traveling across the country, riders interview cancer patients and survivors from all walks of life and compile their stories. The Illini 4000 team will speak at First Presbyterian Church at 6pm, and all community members are welcome, and those willing to share their experience with cancer are strongly encouraged to do so. The event is free, but the Illini 4000 will accept donations. Funds raised will go toward the 2015 fundraising total, with proceeds benefitting a variety of charities including the American Cancer Society, Camp Kesem-Illinois, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, the B+ Foundation, TLC Camp in Lombard, IL, and Cancer Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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