Brain Cancer Survivor Biking 1300 Miles (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw

June 12, 2013 Updated Jun 12, 2013 at 6:37 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.nbc33.com) – In a matter of weeks a Fort Wayne man sets out on the journey of a life-time. After beating brain cancer five years ago Kevin Sanders is hitting the pavement to bring awareness to cancer survivors like him.

Back in 2008, Sanders suffered a seizure in the middle of the night. While he has no recollection of what happened, the next thing he knew he was in an ambulance being rushed to Lutheran Hospital. There, an MRI of his brain revealed a golf-ball sized tumor on his left frontal lobe.

About a month later, he underwent brain surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

Now, he’s got his sights set on Bar Harbor, Maine where his 1300 mile bike trip begins.

"I was just planning on doing this on my own,” Sanders says, “and when people found out they said 'wow that's really cool I'd like to help you on your cause.’ And so just so many people have wanted to help that I had to make my own site.”

Turns out, the web-design company Sanders works for wanted to chip in, too.

“They've got a temporary [site] up. It's "TheHopeRide.com" which will send you to an “Indiegogo” site – which is a fund-raising site – and that's where I'm going to raise my money."

Sanders flies to Maine July 4th and expects the trek to last 27 days. With just his bike and a backpack full of gear his goal is to maintain an average of 50-60 miles per day, which should keep him on pace to arrive back home within a month.




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