Our Mission

The Illini 4000 is a non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against cancer, the support of those affected by cancer, and the documentation of how cancer impacts the lives of Americans. Through our annual cross-country bike ride, we reach out to new communities and new individuals each year spreading our message of hope and awareness. As long as cancer remains an issue of public health, as long as cancer affects daily life, and so long as cancer takes its toll, we shall continue our fight.

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Day 59 07.23.14

Last night water fell from the sky. This stuff called rain is something we haven’t seen in several weeks. Then at 1am, we awoke to a horrific sound, one similar to that of a high school fire alarm. Apparently when someone walked down the hallway at night, a security alarm was triggered. For many long minutes, the small gymnasium was filled with the piercing noise, until it ran out. Then at the 5:45 wake-up, the sound repeated itself until a school staff member came and disarmed the alarm. We chowed down on oatmeal for breakfast, then brought our bikes out of the Paulina School. Paulina is an unincorporated community of 136 people, and the tiniest place we’ve stayed in. They treated us very well and we enjoyed the stay. We dedicated the ride today to a rider’s aunt who passed away from cancer.

The first part of the 90-mile ride was a lot of descending. We ended up at a little place called Post. Although it had no cross street, there was a general store. We got food and snacks there, then moved onto a long climb to a summit. Descending, we found ourselves returned to civilization in Prineville. Tastee Treet was the lunch joint of choice, having burgers, fries, and, most importantly, milkshakes.

Then, as we rode through mountainous foresty desert to Bend, storms were brewing in the distance. At that point, tube-pocalypse 2.0 occurred, with nearly half the team getting flats. Still we carried on, with one group stopping to find shelter from the ominous thunder and lightning. A nice couple let this group into their home and kindly let them wait out the storm.

We arrived at First United Methodist Church, which has showers! Bend is a cool city, and it’s actually (intentionally or not) the place where our route bends, going south rather than west from here onward.

Day 58 07.21.14

We woke up after camping in John Day, Oregon.  Ryan dedicated the ride today to his aunt, Christine, who passed away from her battle with aggravated cellular lymphoma. We re-entered the desert today after passing Read more…

Day 57 07.21.14

Today’s ride is dedicated to Grace’s mother’s coworker and friend, Barb, who is a survivor of ovarian cancer. She has been an advocate for cancer support and a great help to Grace’s family. Today was Read more…

Day 56 07.19.14

We left Canada today… Just kidding, this Ontario is in Oregon. We dedicated the ride to Josh’s aunt, Ellie, who passed away from cancer several years ago. During the ride, we also met someone who Read more…

Day 55 07.18.14

We are back on the road again! It’s always a bit difficult getting out of rest day stayovers. Our gear was scattered everywhere, but we managed to throw everything together to roll out of Boise. Read more…

Day 54 07.17.14

As expected, it was great to sleep in. We moved our gear and bikes out of the gym and library onto the stage in order to make space for other events going on in the Read more…