Texas couple plans 2,000-mile bike ride for cancer research

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by JADE MINGUS

KVUE

Posted on August 10, 2013 at 9:39 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 10 at 9:39 PM

SAN MARCOS, Texas — A San Marcos couple is going the distance to battle breast cancer. The husband and wife are biking 2,000 miles and asking for help along their journey.

It's a pink frame of mind for Matt and Julie Swallow. They'll spend the next two months of their lives on a bike in hopes of raising $25,000.

"It's going to be an adventure, for sure," Julie Swallow said.

They are driving north from Texas to Vancouver, Canada, where they'll embark on a 2,000-mile cycling journey south along the Pacific coast to San Diego.

"I tried to be as mentally prepared as possible," Matt Swallow said. "That's probably for me the biggest test, because I'm sure we are going to be really tired one day."

The couple has trained for months. Their only companion on the long trip will be their dog Jet. Their goal is to help fund breast cancer research in honor of Julie's aunt, Rosemary, whose breast cancer has spread to her lymph nodes. She has to continue chemotherapy for the next 10 years.

"You want to take any of that suffering or discomfort away, and you can't," Julie said. "I thought, 'What better way to help breast cancer as a whole than by biking?'"

The couple is still raising support. To reach their goal, they need $12.50 pledged per mile. So far, they've raised just $1,700 of their $25,000 goal.

"Currently we only have three days sponsored, so we have 42 more days we would like sponsored."

All of the money raised will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation in the Austin area.

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