Local Cyclist to Ride Cross Country to Support Cancer Care

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Allison Perrine is a 23 year old nursing student as WSU Spokane who has experienced the suffering involved with battling cancer in a very personal way. In 2011, Perrine lost her mother to breast cancer. The experience set her on a course to make battling cancer a part of her everyday life. Perrine is currently going to school to become an oncology nurse, and this summer, she will join other cyclists from around the country for the 4K for Cancer, a 4,000 mile ride across America that raises money and awareness for the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. Perrine’s goal is to raise over $10,000 to support the UCF college scholarship fund for young adult cancer patients attending college, as well as UCF’s many other cancer care programs, including patient navigation services, monthly support groups, fertility preserving treatments, and cancer treatment education the organization offers around the country. “I will ride in a group of 30 students from Baltimore to San Francisco. On our 70-day journey we will average 80 miles per day of riding. Along the way we will stop at local hospitals and community centers to deliver scholarships and chemo care packages and to do awareness presentations,” she says. Perrine is especially looking forward to climbing to 12,183ft in Rocky Mountain National Park. When she is not studying and preparing for her ride, she works for the LIVESTRONG program at the YMCA helping cancer patients regain their strength and to build community. For more information or to make a donation, visit: 4kforcancer.org/profiles/allison-perrine. //

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