How far would you go to help find a cure for cancer?
Jared Champion of Perry will be biking across country from Baltimore to Portland on a journey to help raise money for cancer research. Thirty other riders will join Champion on his trip. The journey is deeply personal for each one of them.
Although Champion is just 20 years-old, he has already witnessed firsthand the loss that cancer can potentially bring, not once but twice.
Laureen Champion, Jared's mother, was diagnosed with breast cancer when he was only one month old. She passed away in 2002 when Jared was only nine.
Nine short years later, in 2011, Jared's father, Bryan, was diagnosed with lung cancer and died from the illness.
"My dad was my best friend and losing him was definitely the hardest thing I've ever gone through," said Jared.
Even after losing both of his parents to cancer, Jared still refuses to give up and dwell on the negativity. He says his focus is now on the fight against cancer.
"I can't think of a better way to honor my parents," said Jared. "It is an awful thing and you hear about it so commonly and it's something that I do not want to have to go through again and I don't want anybody else to have to go through."