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#BikingForBalls: English college student riding bike across U.S. to raise awareness for testicular cancer

James Gray finished his journey in Yorktown Beach Tuesday
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James Gray #BikingForBalls
Posted at 9:53 PM, Jul 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-05 20:53:15-04

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - While many of us were celebrating the Fourth of July, one college student from England was on the verge of completing a monumental journey in Hampton Roads. He rode his bike across the U.S. to raise awareness about testicular cancer.

The journey is called “#BikingForBalls: Across the States in 40 Days."

Since May 28, 20-year-old James Gray, who's attending Newcastle University in England, has biked across 10 states for more than 3,800 miles and has raised more than $76,000.

His dad, David, has been following him every step of the way.

This ride is supporting the Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation in the U.S. and the Oddballs Foundation in the UK.

Gray was in Williamsburg Monday night, not far from his last stop.

In a conversation with News 3 anchor and reporter Zak Dahlheimer, Gray says it was information he got in college about testicular cancer and his goal of wanting a challenge that sparked his quest.

“I’m excited to kind of get it finished and kind of quite relieved. I think my legs will be looking forward to a day off as well, more than anything else,” Gray said.

He also spoke about the stigma surrounding testicular cancer.

“It does have a stigma around it with testicular cancer. And men, boys, we don’t want to talk about it,” Gray said. “We think there’s a big opportunity to lay a platform to hopefully go on and make a difference in the awareness of testicular cancer out here in the States.”

Gray completed his journey in Yorktown Beach Tuesday afternoon.

James Gray #BikingForBalls last stop

You can see Gray's journey on Instagram and read more about how you can help support this mission here.

Related: News 3 Anchor Zak Dahlheimer shares story of fighting testicular cancer