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Man Riding 16,000 Miles Around Country for North Star Lodge

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- A retired Seattle Police Officer is making a 16-thousand mile journey to raise money for North Star Lodge in Yakima.

Dean Shirey is encouraging people to donate to the lodge's cancer care fund.

He started his cross-country motorcycle ride Tuesday.

It's a cause near and dear to his heart after his brother terry died of melanoma last year.

Dean originally planned the trip as a simple cross-country ride before his brother got sick.

"The ride of my lifetime, that I've only imagined in my dreams now has purpose, and it's a darn good purpose. And that's... That's a real motivator," said Shirey.

So far, dean has raised three thousand dollars. His goal is to raise ten thousand dollars.

You can donate to Dean's cause here.

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