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4,500-mile bike tour to stop in Rochester

On June 18, the Illini 4000 bike tour is scheduled to roll through Rochester.

The stop will be one of many for 28 University of Illinois students who are making a 72-day, 4,500-mile bicycle trip from New York City to San Francisco to raise funds for cancer research and patient services.

In addition, the group is documenting cancer in America through the Portraits Project, a collection of personal narratives and stories from survivors and caretakers that show the devastating effects of cancer across America.

The team of bicyclists will give a presentation at Zumbro Lutheran Church at 6 p.m. All community members are welcome to attend, and those willing to share their experiences with cancer are strongly encouraged to do so.

Each year, 7.5 million people die from cancer worldwide, and 5 million are diagnosed. Currently in its ninth year, the Illini 4000 has raised more than $800,000 for a variety of charities, such as the American Cancer Society, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation and the B+ Foundation.

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