Recently-graduated VCU cross country runner Tyler Simmons is pedaling across the United States to raise money for a fallen friend.

SOMEWHERE, U.S.A. – A few months back we told you about the cross-country bike ride proposed by VCU track and field athlete Tyler Simmons to benefit a paralyzed friend.

On June 1, Simmons, Andrew Kenny and Pawel Loj departed Manassas, Va. and have been chugging across the country for the last six weeks. On July 10, the group blitzed through Utah and into Nevada and are on pace to reach San Francisco on July 17. We plan on hitting up Simmons for a full report when stops pedaling. Whenever that ends up being.

To date, the group has raised more than $18,000 for their cause, which will offset the extensive medical bills of their friend, Ricky Chang. Simmons and Company want to let it be known that they are still taking donations, and that each dollar counts.

If you are still interested in helping, you can find out more at http://www.rickyridesagain.webs.com.

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