Man’s Bike Ride To Fight Childhood Cancer

A southwest Michigan man is raising money and awareness in the fight against childhood cancer with a bike ride along the entire length of Route 66 this summer. Mark Linder of Paw Paw tells WSJM News he was to leave this week from Chicago to ride to Santa Monica, California.

“I’m hoping to ride between 80 and 120 miles per day of the days that I do ride with several rest days built in,” Linder said. “My mother in law has a fifth wheel camper, and so she’ll be sort of my support vehicle.”

Linder tells us he’s taking the Ride to End Pediatric Cancer in honor of his son, Kevin, who died in 2013 at the age of six after a cancer fight. Linder’s quit his job to make the trip.

“Hopefully, during this time when I’m out there riding by myself in the middle of Route 66 and sometimes in the middle of nowhere, I can figure out what I want to be when I grow up,” Linder said.

Linder will update his website with progress reports along the way, and hopes to end the journey on July 20. The ride is raising money for DC Strong and CureSearch. DC Strong provides kids who are fighting cancer with care packages and fun experiences, while CureSearch is a research organization. You can donate at