Butler County Times Gazette
  • Cancer survivor cycles across Kansas on cross country journey

  • Endurance cyclist and cancer survivor Fred Vlchek is currently pedaling his way across Kansas, nearly halfway into a 5-week cross country bicycle trip, raising funds to help others struggling in their battle with cancer.
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  • Endurance cyclist and cancer survivor Fred Vlchek is currently pedaling his way across Kansas, nearly halfway into a 5-week cross country bicycle trip, raising funds to help others struggling in their battle with cancer.
    This trip brought him to El Dorado Wednesday.
    On July 26, he ceremoniously dipped his bicycle tire into the water of the Pacific Ocean in Oceanside, CA to start his pilgrimage across the United States to the Atlantic Ocean.
    Vlchek’s route will take him across 12 states reaching elevations over 11,000 feet. Throughout the course of 37 days he will be travelling over 3,200 miles alone on his bicycle. Although this is a solo ride, he is relying heavily on the support of the local Knights of Columbus councils along his journey.
    Marking the end of his trip in the same manner he began, Vlchek will dip his tire into the Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis, MD on September 1, thus completing the journey from sea to shining sea.
    The goal of this pilgrimage is to raise funds for Fred’s Difference to help increase cancer awareness and support for those who cannot afford costly cancer treatments. Fred’s Difference has been raising funds to support the journey through individual and corporate sponsorships.
    Donors and supporters can follow Fred’s ride progress and make contributions at www.fredsdifference.com
    Vlchek is a six-year testicular cancer survivor and 13 year veteran of the U.S. Army. He has spent the past six years actively engaged in the fitness communities of Denver, Colorado & Washington, DC as a fitness trainer for Gold’s Gym and a team captain for Rooster Racing.
    He has made significant changes in his own life and has a passion for improving the lives of others.
    Fred is a 4th degree Knight of Columbus, as well as the founder and president of Fred’s Difference.
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