The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Uphill rider...

Brian McCandless takes the name of his church, Rider Lutheran, seriously.

Brian McCandless
On June 10, he completed a 2,000-mile, 26-day bike trip, raising $14,000 for cystic fibrosis research. He also rode to give hope to children with CF, with which he lives.

The 20-year-old college student decided to do the round-trip ride from Pittsburgh to Tallahassee, Fla., after his doctor asked him to visit a family whose child had just received a CF diagnosis, wanting “the distraught parents to see that I have not allowed CF to control my life,” McCandless wrote at his Web site.

CF affects the respiratory and digestive systems, causing people to have trouble breathing and gaining/maintaining a healthy body weight. The average life expectancy is 34.

A victory bash was held at Rider in West Sunbury, Pa., the day of his return.


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