Cyclists bike 225 miles to raise cancer awareness

It's a long road ahead for a group of cyclists riding more than 200 miles to raise awareness for an incurable blood cancer.

Friday marked the start to the 9th annual Miles for Myeloma ride.

About 21 cyclists met at a Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Niles around 8 a.m. to start their ride.

Indiana University myeloma specialist Dr. Rafat Abonour heads the event and says several IU researchers and other supporters are joining him on this venture.

They will cycle from Niles to South Bend, Laporte, Monticello and finally Indianapolis, a total of more than 225 miles.

“I really describe this as a meditation inspirational two days because it really brings the best out of humanity. Yesterday, when we arrived here a Vietnam vet, who is a Harley driver, looked at us and say, ‘what are you guys doing?' So we explain to him, so he got his wallet and give us all the cash he has. It just want to make you cry, so this is what all humanity is about. We help each other and we move forward,” says Dr. Abonour.

He tells NewsCenter 16 that they will travel about 106 miles Friday and about 119 miles Saturday.

They are expected to get to Indianapolis by 4:30 p.m. Saturday for a finish-line celebration.

Dr. Abonour has raised more than $2 million for multiple myeloma research. All of the funds are used by researchers at the IU Simon Cancer Center.

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