Michigan family embarks on bike ride for cancer research

Posted at 2:51 PM, May 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-07 08:32:25-04

A family from a Detroit suburb has set off on a 1,200-mile (about 1930 kilometers) long bicycle journey to benefit children's cancer research.

Eva and Karl Helminen and their 10-year old son, Zack, from Brighton left Thursday for a six-week trek to the Upper Peninsula and back on a custom-made bike for three.

The ride is a part of the Great Cycle Challenge USA fundraiser to benefit the Children's Cancer Research Fund.

Eva says the family was inspired to participate because of relatives who've had cancer.

Karl says they plan to ride five or six hours each day and hope to end their trip on July 4 in Ludington.

As of Monday, the family has raised almost $7,500 of their $10,000 goal. They're ranked second in the country for fundraising.