Give Where You Live fuels cycling program for those affected by cancer
Give Where You Live in Kearney has been underway since midnight on Thursday, already raising thousands of dollars for local nonprofits and organizations.
Participants have been busy peddling away since 6 a.m. on Thursday at the YMCA in Kearney, all raising funds for their program, Livestrong at the YMCA.
"Everyone's battling something, and this is just something to help those that are going through this just to know that we're supporting them," Terri Miller, a YMCA staff member, said.
The Cyclothon is a way to show compassion and support for those who have fought or are still fighting the battle against cancer.
"The battle of cancer isn't just a one momentary thing," Dillon Nelson of the Kearney Family YMCA said. "When you're on the bike, you're battling, you're sweating, you're hot you're like dear lord am I going to be able to do this, it's a constant struggle, and that's why we're going to continue to ride, to support you. We're just going to be as strong as we can because they're strong, too."
Livestrong at the YMCA is a 12-week program offered to cancer survivors and their support team.
"Every cancer is different as every person is so the live strong program kind of goes to their level, to their need and we blend that together with their need. And they meet for ninety minutes, for twice a week. And part of that is spiritual, part of that is support, and part of it is physical," said Cindy Mangels of the Kearney Family YMCA.
In order to fund this program, the Y is hoping to raise $20,000 on Thursday.
"The testimonies that I heard were wonderful," Mangels said. "They have their quality of life back they have physical ability back they're doing things they didn't think they'd be able to do again because of treatment."
If you'd like to support this event, the rideathon is happening through 7 p.m. Thursday and the Give Where You Live fundraiser for the YMCA and over 150 other organizations will continue until midnight.