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FARGO - Three fraternity brothers are journeying 3,500 miles in 40 days. The trip is all by bicycle and all for a powerful cause deemed "Cycle for Charvat."

The University of Washington students made their way to Fargo Thursday.

Nigel Hall, Josh Bean and Matt Gaylor left the West Coast on June 20th and plan to pedal to Boston by the end of this month.

The bikers are raising money for young adults fighting cancer. Pledges and donations go to the Kyle Charvat Foundation, a charity named for a former fraternity brother.

Each of the students has a close relative who has battled cancer. 

Nigel Hall watched his grandmother fight the disease. "Just to see someone so vibrant kind of turn into almost a shell of person was really hard to watch." he says. "And I can't imagine a family see their child go through that."

The Cycle for Charvat journey aims to raise $20,000. If you'd like to contribute or follow along the journey, you can go here.

Catherine Ross

Catherine joined the WDAY 6 News team as a reporter and photographer in April of 2014 and is honored to bring you stories from around the Red River Valley. She grew up in a suburb of Minneapolis and got her first taste of the news industry during a high school mentorship at Fox 9 in the Twin Cities. Catherine graduated from Emerson College in Boston where she participated in the student-run TV station WEBN and spent a semester in Washington, DC working at Voice of America. Those opportunities gave her a front-row seat to the 2012 Presidential election cycle, reporting at the Iowa Caucuses, Republican National Convention and President Obama’s second inauguration. Now happy to be back closer to family, Catherine enjoys exploring the nature and culture of the upper Midwest. She’s an avid runner, novice foodie and lifelong Twins fan. If you have any story ideas or just want to say hello, Catherine would love to hear from you!

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