Notre Dame professor pedals through South Mississippi for a cause
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -
Greg Crawford's annual month-long cross country travel started in 2010. He averages about 110 miles a day and he pedals for a cause Called Niemann Pick Type C.
He's gone 3,500 miles on 2 wheels, through 13 states, in 33 days.
"I've been riding my bike across the country. Now this is my fourth year and this year we started in Los Angeles and came through Houston, the Southern Route. We'll go up through Baltimore," said Crawford.
Crawford's annual month-long cross country travel started in 2010. He averages about 110 miles a day and he pedals for a cause called Niemann Pick Type C.
"Only 300 children in the country have it and it's very hard to raise funds through government," said Crawford.
The rare neuro-degenerative disease kills children before they turn 12 or 13-years-old.
The legendary Notre Dame Football Coach Ara Parseghian lost three grandchildren to Neimann-Pick Type C. Crawford is the Dean of Science at Notre Dame. He knew he had to help.
"I'm a physicist by training and I didn't know what I could do to contribute to this wonderful cause that's so important to the Notre Dame family and our mission and so I started thinking I could ride my bike and raise money for those that can do the work," said Crawford.
He's joined by representatives with the company called Destination Cycle that helps support his cause.
Two thousand ten , 2011 and 2012, Crawford said were great years for the Road to Discovery. But, 2013 is even more exciting.
"One of our chemists actually discovered a drug in the lab that works on the Niemann Pick cell line and the fundraising this year is going to be all put forth toward clinical trials for this new drug," said Crawford. "So we're very excited about what's possible in the future of this disease."
Raising an estimated $1 million each year. All the money goes to find the cure. On the Road to Discovery, everyone of course, must sign the van.
"I really enjoy it. I enjoy meeting all the folks on the road and the great people in united state," said Crawford.
Crawford says until that cure is found, he won't stop pedaling.