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Washington Student Cycle Across Country for Charity

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RICHLAND, Wash - It's 4,000 miles from Seattle to Washington D.C., and these guys are going to cycle all of it to raise funds and awareness on behalf of people with disabilities.  Richland was one of their stops along the way, which was a welcome sight especially for one rider.  "It's great to be here.  That's one of the main reasons I chose this route," says River View High School graduate Todd Wright.

Wright is one of many Pi Kappa Phi fraternity members who decided to make the trek across the country for charity.  Two other students attend Washington State with Wright, while yet another rider is a University of Washington Husky.  The guys have already been through intense rain, hills, wind and today's extreme heat. 

Not only is the ride a bonding experience for the young men, but it's a way for them to connect with their philanthropic side.  "The reason why I do it is definitely for the friendly visits.  Also, we like to raise awareness not just of people with disabilities, but of the abilities of people with disabilities.  Putting a smile on someone else's face really puts a smile on my face too," says Washington State senior Jake McCaffrey. 

The entire journey will take the group 68 days.  In that time they'll make a stop in Walla Walla, go through the Rocky Mountains and into Yellowstone National Park, finally ending in the nationa's capital.  One rider already has his plan for his D.C. visit:  "I'm going to hug my mom and dad!" smiled Chadd Cockrell.