Man bikes 800 miles for cancer awareness
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (NBC) -- A young man completed an amazing 800-mile bike ride to raise awareness about the disease that his mother is fighting.
Family and friends cheered from the finish line as 24-year-old Army soldier Douglas McBroom completed his epic trek. After receiving orders for a transfer to Corpus Christi from his home in Alabama, this Coastal Bend native decided to use his move to give a message.
After his mother, Michelle, was diagnosed last year in July, Douglas has been looking for a way to raise awareness for the incurable disease. He started out from Mobile Ala. on a mission to ride the entire way on his bicycle. He was followed closely behind by his best friend, driving the moving truck.
"I just knocked out two birds with one stone. If I'm coming here anyways, I might as well do something good," Douglas said. "We saw some crazy stuff in Louisiana. Louisiana and Houston."
Douglas' friend snapped a picture of a biker in Houston, he breezed by Douglas hauling eight cases of beer on his motorcycle.
And not only did Douglas raise some eyebrows, he also raised some trouble with local police officers as has passed through town.
This constable in Crosby pulled Douglas over for holding up traffic, but after hearing what the young man was doing, he gave Douglas an official police escort through town. 800 miles later, Douglas pulled into Portland and pushed hard for the finish line.
"That Harbor Bridge is no joke," he laughed.
He was a young man on a mission to save his mom and others like her by inspiring them to fight back.
"If you are suffering from Triple Negative Breast Cancer, please, do not give up," Douglas said.
If you want to see the pictures from Douglas' amazing trip or if you want to make a donation, you can visit their Facebook page here.