Ride For World Health Bikers in Joplin

By Bryan McLoone | bmcloone@nexstar.tv

Published 04/20 2014 10:36PM

Updated 04/20 2014 10:44PM

JOPLIN, MO --- Twenty medical students from Ohio State University stop in Joplin today as part of their bike ride across the country.

The bikers started their ride in San Diego, California on March 26th.  The students are part of a Columbus, Ohio non-profit organization called Ride For World Health. 

The goal is to raise money for global health organizations.  So far they have raised $50,000.

Riders Erin Shropshire says it's important to educate people in america on global health issues.

"Just remember how lucky and priviledge we are living in a developed nation where, you know, health care is available and adequate," Shropshire said.  "And all of us are in the medical field or graduating medical students, so we're really passionate about equality of care and just access to health care around the world."

The bikers will leave Joplin tomorrow and ride to Springfield.  They will finish in Bethany Beach, Delaware on May 11th.

For more information on the organization, you can visit www.r4wh.org. 

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