Cycle For Life bike tour pedals through Tri Cities this Saturday

Cycle For Life sends riders on 65-mile bike tour to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis

TRI CITIES, Wash - The fundraising tour sends riders on 65-mile bike tour. Less ambitious riders can choose the 23- or 47-mile tour to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Each team is sponsored and what they earn goes toward creating new medicine to treat the symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis, the diagnosis of which used to mean dying around the age of 30. Medical advances in the last ten years have added decades to the projected life-span, but all that research gets expensive.

Keith Klein, team leader of the group sponsored by Scott's Cycle and Sports says this is why chances for community support like this weekends fundraiser make such a difference,

"Several promising therapies are in Stage 2 and 3," he said, "but help is needed to keep up the momentum [for] research, since the disease is not common enough to attract the big drug companies."

He feels so strongly about it that he has pledged to cost-match up to $250 for donations raised by people who join his team if they aren't part of a corporate matching program.

"Groups like the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Scott's Cycle and Sports, and the REACH Interpretive Center, and all these different [groups] that come together to support support these things is just awesome," he said, "its another one of the things that makes this country great. "

For more information about Saturday's event, visit Tri Cities CF Cycle For Life.

To help Klein's team reach their goal, they're currently in second place, visit Scott's Cycle and Sports page.

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