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.
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.