HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - A young man in Huntsville is preparing to embark on a cross-country bike ride to help raise awareness for a disease that impacts thousands of people in the United States.
Christian Walters is going to be riding his bike a minimum of 45 days, and more than 2,000 miles, from Huntsville to Phoenix in order to raise awareness of the challenges faced by individuals with cystic fibrosis.
"The reason why we chose Phoenix is because it's actually the meeting spot for the 2015 NACF North American CF fundraiser," said Walters.
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The journey will be long, and Walters and his dad plan to make stops along the way, and average 90 miles per day, to meet people with cystic fibrosis and their families.
Christian's father, Mike, says they hope visiting with those affected will help them gain a better understanding of what patients and their families go through daily.
"It's a different battle, it's not a battle for our lives, but it's perhaps the closest we can get to understand," says Mike Walters.
Christian and Mike Walters will begin their journey Monday morning at 10 a.m. from HudsonAlpha.
For more information on their journey, visit Cyclingforawareness.com