WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A sibling is raising awareness for cancer by biking over 400 miles.
Eric Eckard said he decided to take this ride for his brother, Neal who recently passed away last November from cancer.
Elyse Daniel a close friend to Neal said she believes this ride is important for the community to see.
“Eric’s Ride is bringing people together, not just his own family, but people in the community bringing everyone together to tell their stories and raise awareness and raise money for cancer research,” stated Daniel.
Eckard started his journey biking from Saulte Sainte Marie, Michigan on August 7th and arrived at his destination in West Lafayette on August 21st.
"Overall, it's been a great journey. Just in the fact, I'm doing something in my brother’s name, raising money and awareness for cancer research, but the physical part and the mental part has been more challenging than I ever thought it would be,"
Eckard said his goal was to bike 50 miles every day for two weeks, but harsh winds led the cyclist to slow down his journey.
"After about a week you just get into a groove, but it was hard the first few days that’s for sure,” stated Eckard.
Neal was the president of Nationwide Asset Management Group in West Lafayette. He started feeling symptoms in the spring of 2018 and shortly after was diagnosed with stage four terminal stomach cancer.
"I moved up to Indiana to stay with him and my sister in law and it was probably the hardest, but most rewarding time in my life because we made so many memories together," said Eckard.
Overall, Eckard has raised 7,000 dollars since he first began.
"My goal was 10 and I'm still hopeful that I can make that because I'm not going to cut it off after today- I'm going to keep it going,"
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