Lucky 13 to bike across country to raise money for UNC Lineberger

Ten area teens will pedal with purpose this summer, riding some 3,700 miles over a 10-week period, from Maryland to Oregon. The group, dubbed “Lucky 13,” a play on the year “2013,” aims to raise $30,000 for UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, with a portion on the money going directly to serve pediatric cancer patients.

For a fourth time, a group of philanthropic young men are pushing their physical limits to raise funds for cancer research at UNC Lineberger. In the years that they have been raising money to support UNC Lineberger, Troop 845 has raised more than $50,000.  This year, they have set a goal of $30,000 to help in the fight against cancer.

For every $15,000 raised by the Lucky 13 cyclists, Lineberger will send one pediatric cancer patient to Victory Junction in Randleman, NC, a year-round camping facility that serves children, ages 6 to 16, with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses.

The teen cyclists, most of whom are members of Boy Scout Troop 845 in Carrboro, will handily earn their Cycling merit badges on the trip.

Departing on June 10, from Havre de Grace, MD, the boys will ride without a support vehicle, and will carry everything they need with them. They will camp in parks, on firehouse lawns, and in the yards of family friends along the route.

The Lucky 13 Bike Crew
The Lucky 13 Bike Crew

This spring the boys have been busy doing yard work and odd jobs earning money to “gear-up” for the trip. It will cost each cyclist and estimated $2,500 to be fully equipped for the ride, and they will need money for food and repairs along the way.

Hugh Kelley, a 10th grader at Chapel Hill High School, said he anticipates that the ride will be challenging, but worth every mile.
“The biking aspect is going to be difficult, but it will also be very rewarding because we’re doing it for a good cause,” Kelley said.

Those interested in making a tax deductible donation to UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center can make donations online at

For information about the Lucky 13 ride, and to follow their journey online, visit

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Date: June 7, 2013