Blough Pedals For Cancer Awareness
Written by Andrew-Rossi on April 28, 2017
A Cody man is pedaling his way through the deep south, raising awareness about cancer.
Paul Blough is currently 930 miles into a 2100 mile bicycle ride between MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas and Johns Hopkins Cancer Center in Baltimore, Maryland. He departed two weeks ago today, and as of yesterday was 83 miles west of Tallahassee, Florida, in the small town of Chipley.
The 69 year old chose to take on this challenge in honor of his late wife, Shelia, who lost her battle with cancer in October of last year. Blough wears a t-shirt bearing the logo of his website, 2 Wheels Against Cancer, which he says has started some wonderful conversations with strangers along his route.
Blough’s next major stop will be with family members in Jacksonville, which is about three days away based on his miles per day. He says his toughest day so far was last week, when he rode almost 90 miles in high temperatures and humidity.
Blough wears a bluetooth headset so he can stay in contact with friends and family members on the road, and his bicycle is outfitted with a generator that keeps his phone charged. He stays in hotels and bed and breakfast inns along the way, but also has to break out his tent once in a while.
Blough says he’s been encouraged by the generosity of strangers he has met along the way who have donated money to cancer research because of the awareness that he is raising on his ride. He says he would like to have friends and people who are interested in his journey follow him on his facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/paul.blough.31 or to go to the websites at MD Anderson or Johns Hopkins and donate in honor of his 2 Wheels Against Cancer challenge.