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Student raises money by biking to many PSU campuses

By Erin Calandra

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Over the hills, through the construction and into Happy Valley he rolls.
Penn State World Campus student Tyler Knabb is peddling his way through Pennsylvania to raise money for the hope express, a fundraiser for Penn State THON.

It is a charity close to his heart.

"About ten year ago my mom passed away and just last August a good friend of mine died from leukemia," Knabb said.

He calls this journey Cycling For The Kids."

He started in Baltimore. The ride is 920 miles long, hitting up eleven Penn State campuses in just eight days. But this isn't just any old route; this one fell perfectly into place in the shape of a heart.

"I wanted to try to go to as many campuses as possible I thought it would be cool, but not work but while designing route it actually looks pretty nice."

After two flat tires and about 425 miles, we caught up with Knabb on day four.

"I feel really good; legs are a little sore but other than that good, he said.

This journey raised more than $4,000 so far but Knabb hopes to break the $5,000 mark before he's back home.  All of the money goes to the Four Diamonds fund, an organization that helps fight pediatric cancer.

Saturday Knabb will take a break from the bike to lace up his sneakers for the THON 5k run. Hell roll through Penn State DuBois on Sunday. You can track him live on his website and make a donation online at

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times