"I don’t think..there’s anybody in the world, or in the United States, maybe the world I don’t know, that is not effected by cancer one way or another," says 59 year-old Flynn Donoho. He’s been cycling for cancer since 2011. Donoho has traveled over 46,000 miles, crossed the continental divide 12 times, slept at every major river in the U.S. and been through all 48 states, "damn near twice."
59 year-old Donoho started cycling when many of his family members and friends were diagnosed with the terrible disease, with some losing their battle.
"I wanted to raise money for cancer because I had friends and family pass away with cancer. So, I figured, ya know I ain’t got nothin else to do, so might as well bike across the country and see the country and raise money at the same time."
Donoho cycles in honor of his sister-in-law who is a 7 year survivor of breast cancer. He says his grandmother died before he was born, from cancer. His stepsister has cancer. His brother is recently a survivor of prostate cancer, and one of his longtime friends that he was a caregiver for, died of cancer years ago.
Along with his companion, Diva, Donoho has met some incredible people on his journey. He says some of the best days spent are when he can meet new people and hear their stories. He says his goal is to reach 50,000 miles. By then, he plans to retire from cycling and head back to Kentucky to live the rest of his life.
As of right now, Donoho is trying to raise $3,000 for The American Cancer Society. You can help donate here.
He also has one challenge for everyone to try, "challenge anyone to see if they can do what I can do in raising money, help other people with something, ya know it doesn’t have to be cancer. But to leave your comfort zone and help other people you don’t even know."