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Making A Difference: UK Student To Bike Cross Country To Raise Money For MS Research

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LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX 18) A UK student is preparing to ride his bike across the country this summer to raise money for a cause that is near and dear to his heart.

Caleb Taylor has been training for months for his upcoming bike ride.

“From my apartment to the horse park and back is about 30 miles so it's a good training ride,” he told LEX 18.

The law student is preparing to start a 4,300-mile bike ride across the country from the east coast to west coast. He will pedal as many as 70 miles per day.

“We plan on getting to Seattle on the 4th of August. We start in Bar Harbor, Maine,” he said.

It's part of 'Bike the US for MS', which is a cross-country bike ride to raise money for research and awareness of Multiple Sclerosis.

Taylor's mother was diagnosed with MS in 2001.

He'll join a team of 16 riders for the more than two month journey.

Each rider is tasked with raising a dollar for every mile of the trip. Taylor has already raised some $4,700 of his team's more than $90,000 total. All the money is being donated towards MS research.

“This is the 21st century. There has to be a better treatment option out there and it's gonna require research,” he said. “I've had the opportunity to share the message of fundraising and awareness about MS with literally hundreds of people across Lexington. I think that will go a long way in just making people realize that MS only affects a couple million people in the US but it's still worth our attention.”

The ride starts on Saturday, May 27th.

During the ride, Taylor and his team will take breaks once a week, but on those days, they'll be taking part in service projects for people with MS including building wheelchair ramps and doing home renovations.

To support Taylor's trip, click here.

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