*10 P.M. Saturday Update*
It's a ride for a reason for a College Station man on a journey in memory of his father.
News 3 was at the start of Chris Hunter's 2,100 mile journey Saturday morning and saw the challenging way he's traveling to Baltimore, Maryland.
Chris Hunter has been doing road biking for about a year now but decided to push himself to the limit to inspire hope and raise money for pancreatic cancer research.
An illness that has touched his family.
It's a beautiful day for a ride and Chris Hunter has lots of company.
"I've put a lot of miles in the saddle so I think in the past year I've probably put in about 5,000 miles So I think I'm pretty prepared for it," said Chris Hunter of College Station.
It's a ride unlike anything he's ever prepared for: 2,100 miles, four weeks on the road raising money to fight pancreatic cancer.
His dad Michael Hunter died from the illness in October 2009.
"He was diagnosed in February of 2009 and he'd one of the things he'd asked me to do before he passed was to do something to get rid of this disease. So that's what I'm doing," he said.
He has his faith to guide him and friends and family from Peace Lutheran Church geared up for the first leg of his trip.
Tammy Way is a family friend, a bicycle rider and fellow member of the church.
She's riding to Navasota.
"Oh I think a lot of reasons. Spiritually to let him know we're with him if not physically at least, spiritually knowing all that he's trying to accomplish with this just because we care and we love him," she said.
Peddle power with a long way to go to John's Hopkins Hospital with some company here and there.
"It's people that heard about it on the news from last night that just came out. So I'm very happy to ride out with anybody and everyone that I can just at at any point," said Hunter.
Chris plans to ride around 100 miles a day and safely made it to Coldspring Saturday afternoon, a community just east of I 45.
He plans to arrive in Maryland June 30th.
Chris Hunter's goal is to raise $50,000.
He plans to meet with Congressman Bill Flores and other leaders in Washington D.C. on June 26th for Pancreatic Awareness Day.
Chris Hunter's father, Michael, died of pancreatic cancer. Now, to honor him, he's raising money for research.
And he's doing it by going to Baltimore.
On his bike.
A relatively recent rider, Hunter will travel 2,100 miles, pushing off from Peace Lutheran Church in College Station Saturday morning at 8:30, going east to Florida, then north to Maryland and the Johns Hopkins facility there.
Hunter is hoping to raise $50,000 through a website, . Proceeds will go towards the LiveStrong foundation, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, the MD Anderson Center in Houston, and Johns Hopkins.
The husband and father of three says his father asked him to do whatever he could to help rid the world of pancreatic cancer, which strikes one in 71 people, according to the American Cancer Society. In 2012, an estimated 44,000 people will be newly diagnosed, and another 33,000 will die of the disease.
Hunter has scheduled himself to arrive in Baltimore on June 30.
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