Group of researchers bike coast to coast to raise money for cancer research

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A group of researchers are in the middle of a cross-country bike ride to raise money for cancer research, and before they hit the road Tuesday morning, they stopped by Kauffman Stadium.

The bicyclists left the Oregon Coast a couple of weeks ago and plan to finish in New Jersey by the end of September.

Those participating in the ride are not professional bicyclists. They are men and women who make a living doing cancer research, some of them are even cancer survivors, and they hope their efforts inspire others to donate as they ride for a cure.

The cyclists all work for Bristol-Myers Squibb – a biopharmaceutical company that makes prescription drugs for cancer, cardiovascular disease, arthritis and others.

This is the third year these employees have ridden from coast to coast, and their goal is to raise more than $1-million. So far, they’ve raised a little more than a third of that. All the money will go to the Stand Up To Cancer campaign.

Stand Up To Cancer offers grants to researchers who work together instead of against each other to cure various cancers, and donations have already helped find new treatments for breast cancer and pancreatic cancer.

About 1600 people die each day from cancer, and the bicyclists hope their efforts lowers that number dramatically.

The cyclists plan to leave by 8 a.m., for St. Louis, but before they leave they will meet with Jamey Stonestreet, the mother of Modern Family actor Eric Stonestreet.