Greenwood’s Dirk Cushing plans on going for a 700-mile bicycle ride this month in the fifth annual Great Cycle Challenge to raise $5,000 for the Childrens Cancer Research Fund.
Cushing is a deputy prosecuting attorney with the Marion County prosecutor’s office. He is the East District community prosecutor.
He has ridden in the four previous cycle challenges for 2,482 miles and raised $7,909.68 for the CCRF.
“This year I am riding for 10-year-old Avery who was just diagnosed with Germ Cell Ovarian cancer,” Cushing said. “I have told her family that if I exceed my goal by fifty percent, I will let her shave my head and post it online.”
Founded in 2015, the Great Cycle Challenge has become one of the biggest cycling events in the country. In just four years, over 153,000 riders from 50 states have ridden 12 million miles, raising more than $16 million for research and the development of better treatments and cures for childhood cancer This year, CCRF hopes more than 50,000 riders will help it raise $8.2 million.
“Kids should be living life, not fighting for it,” Cushing emphasized and pointed out that 15,000 American children are diagnosed with cancer annually and 38 children die each week.
He is seeking donations from sponsors to reach his goal of $5,000 this month. Cushing has three children and lives in the Center Grove area.
Donations and more about his efforts can be med online at: greatcyclechallenge.com/Riders/DirkCushing