Cancer Survivor Finishes Cross Country Fundraising Bike Ride - FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

Cancer Survivor Finishes Cross Country Fundraising Bike Ride

Posted: Updated:

Riding a bicycle across the country is no easy feat. But one man in Maryland was determined to do it. He said he had an important reason to take on the task.

Patiently waiting along the Capital City Docks. Fred Vlchek's family haven't seen him in more than a month.

"It's a gorgeous day in Annapolis!" says Fred Vlchek as the last leg of his journey comes to a stop.

"Hey, welcome back, my friend!" his family and fans shouted to him, a triumphant hello, after Vlchek's cross-country bike ride.

"It's good to see him back home and happy and in one piece," says Dawn Vlchek.

"It mimicked my whole journey through cancer, and, specifically, through chemotherapy," says Fred Vlchek. Fred's trip was no mid-life crisis. It was a my-life-almost-ended crisis.

"I'm a six-year cancer survivor," says Fred Vlchek.

He raised $16,000 for the journey, and got another $8,000 from Livestrong, the charity that disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, a cancer survivor, started.

"His legacy is not going to be the seven yellow jerseys from the Tour de France," reflects Fred Vlchek.

"It's such common ground when you've been diagnosed with any kind of cancer," says Angela Perez, who supports Fred.

"How many miles were you averaging per day?" someone asked Fred.

"About 88," he replied.

It was his first fundraiser for his start-up charity, Fred's Difference. He hopes that the money he raises will pay for chemotherapy treatments for those down on their luck.

"I saw so many men, specifically, have to make that choice between putting food on the table for their family or get treatment," says Fred Vlchek.

"Do I think he's crazy? No. I think it's crazy if he doesn't do it again," remarks Perez.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Police: SUV Disregards Red Light, Hits Tractor Trailer Into Mayfair Home

    Police: SUV Disregards Red Light, Hits Tractor Trailer Into Mayfair Home

    Thursday, August 28 2014 8:53 PM EDT2014-08-29 00:53:41 GMT
    Police say an SUV collided into a tractor trailer, which caused the tractor trailer to crash into a house on the 6300 block of Farnsworth Street in Mayfair around 7 p.m. on Thursday.
    Police say an SUV collided into a tractor trailer, which caused the tractor trailer to crash into a house on the 6300 block of Farnsworth Street in Mayfair around 7 p.m. on Thursday.
  • NICE FRIDAY

    Thursday, August 28 2014 8:47 PM EDT2014-08-29 00:47:30 GMT

    The holiday weekend is looking warmer and unsettled. Shower and thunderstorm chances increaselate Sunday and Labor Day.

    Fantastic Friday

    Friday features lots of sunshine and more low humidity. Pleasant northerly breeze. Cool morning lows in the upper 50s/low 60s. Afternoon high of 81.

    The holiday weekend is looking warmer and unsettled. Shower and thunderstorm chances increaselate Sunday and Labor Day.

    Friday (81/60): Sun

    Saturday (83/64): Sun/Clouds

    Sunday (89/69): Clouds/Storm

    Monday (90/71): Clouds/Storm

    Tuesday (91/71): Clouds/Storm

     

  • Police: Man Shot, Robbed Of 70K In Grocery Store Parking Lot

    Police: Man Shot, Robbed Of 70K In Grocery Store Parking Lot

    Thursday, August 28 2014 8:29 PM EDT2014-08-29 00:29:27 GMT
    Philadelphia police say a man was shot and robbed when he pulled into the parking lot of the Pathmark on the 2100 block of Bleigh Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia just after 6 p.m. on Thursday.
    Philadelphia police say a man was shot and robbed when he pulled into the parking lot of the Pathmark on the 2100 block of Bleigh Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia just after 6 p.m. on Thursday.
Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices