Riding for a Cause

A bike rider that's going from Virginia to Oregon to spread awareness of a deadly disease made a stop in Joplin this afternoon.
John Maus has been on a quest since May 13th.
"I am riding my bike from Yorktown, Virginia to Astoria Oregon. from Atlantic to Pacific,” says John Maus.
However he isn't doing this for just the adventure, he has an important goal in mind.
"Trying to raise as much awareness and support for the Mott Children's Hospital and their congenital heart disease foundation,” says Maus.
The Mott Children's Hospital is in Ann Arbor, Michigan and does a lot of work to help those afflicted with the illness. Congenital heart diseases is found in 1 and 110 born babies across the U.S and is one of the most common birth defects in the country. This cause is important to Maus and to one of his friends.
"His son passed away from a congenital heart… disease and he that's the foundation that they work for a lot,” says Maus.
Maus didn't train for the trip, but so far it hasn't been as rough as he expected.
"I've basically just met the most awesome people ever on the road. People that just whatever they have, whether it's a bottle of water, a bag of chips… they’ll give me what they have to help,” says John Maus.
So far Maus has raised about twelve hundred dollars and is shooting to reach $43,000 dollars by the time he gets to Oregon.

If you'd like to help maus reach his goal, visit Ride for Life's Facebook page or his Crowdrise site.

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