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Naperville, Neuqua Valley Grads Will Bike 4,500 Miles for Cancer Research

Grace Deetjen and Jeffery Bogue are members of the Illini 4000, riding across the country to support cancer research this summer.

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Naperville North graduate Grace Deetjen and Neuqua Valley grad Jeff Bogue are planning to ride across the country this summer to raise funds for cancer research, according to the Naperville Sun

Both are members of the Illini 4000, a team of University of Illinois students who will cycle 4,500 miles from New York to San Francisco with the goal of raising $150,000, the Naperville Sun reports

Deetjen, a sophomore, is riding in part because of her mother, who was diagnosed with lymphoma last year, according to her personal statement on the Illini 4000 website. Her mom is now in remission.

"I will bike for my mom. I will bike to support people who struggle. I will shine a light brightly upon this nation to let others know that cancer is not taboo," Deetjen wrote. "Cancer is not something to be silent about. It must be defeated!"

In order to participate, each rider must raise $3,500, according to the Illini 4000 website. Money goes to support the American Cancer Society and Camp Kesem, a summer camp for kids whose parents have been affected by cancer. 

To donate, visit the Illini 4000 website.

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