June 25, 2017 07:04 PM
(ABC 6 News) -- Three brothers biking from coast to coast to raise money for charity made their way through our area this weekend, stopping in Albert Lea and Lake Mills.
Raleigh, Bobby and Dennis Jenkins, all of Texas, began their journey in Seattle in May, and after a brief stop in the Twin Cities, made their way through Albert Lea on Friday.
While the brothers completed a similar ride from Texas to Alberta in 2009, this ride holds special meaning for the trio.
"This ride's important to us because we're raising money for two charities," Bobby Jenkins said. "One of the charities is named the Moss Pieratt Foundation, and that's named after my grandson Moss, who passed away 3 years ago at the age of 15 months."
Moss died from what is classified as sudden unexplained death in childhood, Jenkins said, essentially meaning that doctors weren't able to determine his cause of death.
The second charity the brothers are raising money for is A Child's Hope, which helps children orphaned by the 2010 Haitian earthquake.
"In 2010, we were pulled into Haiti after the earthquake to lend aid after a massive catastrophe. And after that we kind of looked around and saw all these children abandoned and lost on the street, and so we've decided to build our own home," Raleigh Jenkins said.
The ride is, "about parents who've lost children and children who've lost parents," Dennis Jenkins said.
"We're looking forward to getting to the end, but it's been a wonderful, wonderful trip. What we have seen along the way are so many, many interested people. They want to know what we're doing, they want to know about the charities we're raising money for and have been unbelievably kind and generous and supportive," Bobby Jenkins said.
The brothers hope to finish the last 1,500 miles in the upcoming weeks, with a goal of reaching New York City by July 12 or 13. They're hoping to raise $500,000 by the time they finish their journey.
If you'd like to follow along with the brothers' journey or donate to either charity, visit their website at www.brothersbike.org.
Updated: June 25, 2017 07:04 PM
Created: June 24, 2017 08:34 PM
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