Cross-country Bike4Alz group makes a stop in Bowling Green

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- From one coast to the other, seven fraternity members of WKU's FIJI chapter are biking for a cause: ending Alzheimer's.

The members of Bike4Alz began riding mid-May in San Francisco, making their way through Bowling Green on July 6 before moving on to finish in Virginia Beach.

This is the organization's fifth fundraising ride across the country since beginning in 2010.

"We ride everyday in dedication for the 5.5 million Americans that are suffering with this disease," said Conrad Jaconette, a Bike4Alz biker.

They average 64 to 70 miles a day for what will altogether be a ride of more than 3,500 miles, all in pursuit of raising awareness and funds to find a cure for the disease.

"Each day, we don't ride for ourselves; we ride for them," Jaconnette said. "The pain we feel physically from the bikes and mentally from the long hauls is nothing compared to the pain they feel and the pain the caretakers feel watching this disease take away their loved ones."

The non-profit organization has a goal of raising $100,000 in funds for research.

"We're just really happy with all the support we've had going across the country," said Tommy Sullivan, one of the Bike4Alz support drivers. "A lot of people have been really kind to us as we've raised money and awareness."

To donate to the cause and follow the rest of the team's journey to the East Coast, you can visit their website linked in the sidebar.

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