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 68 08.01.14

Happy I4Halloween and New Year’s Eve! This morning we awoke in the last day of team camping. Kevin dedicated the ride out of Humboldt Redwoods State Park to his aunt, Luz. The first time cancer affected his life was when she was diagnosed ten years ago. Kevin is actually leaving tomorrow to go to the wedding of his cousin, the daughter of Luz.

We rode out via the Avenue of the Giants, and alternated between redwood forests and sunny clearings all day. The redwood forests are such a sacred place, with incredible trees reaching up to ridiculous heights. They also tend to have winding roads without a shoulder. Apparently we climbed 6,000 feet, but the climbing was well-distributed throughout the day, with plenty of descending too. Towards the end of the day, we noticed helicopters carrying water towards a plume of smoke on a mountain. Soon, we were able to smell and see the smoke coming from the forest fire, and this resulted in several later groups being shuttled to the stayover.

We are in this adorable hobbit-home dome of a church, called Community Christian Church. Upon arriving in Laytonville, California, we had shell-shaped pasta (not spaghetti!) and hot dogs for dinner. We ended the evening with a movie and popcorn.

It's a good morning when there are craisins in your oatmeal!

Day 67 07.31.14

Leaving Forest Glen, we dedicated our day’s ride to Blake’s best friend, Cassie, whose has been having a difficult time since her father has been battling a terminal form of brain cancer (see Day 9 Read more…

Day 66 07.30.14

Happy Day 66! Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for dreading thinking about for many weeks. First United Methodist Church made us scrambled eggs and muffins for breakfast. There was watermelon and juice, Read more…

Day 65 07.28.14

It may have started off a bit chilly, but today was one of the hottest days we have ever ridden in. Topping out at 105 degrees, apparently that’s pretty average for Redding. Before leaving Mount Read more…

Day 64 07.28.14

We are in California! Yesterday for our last full day in Oregon, we stayed at The Ledge, an outdoor shop with a rock climbing gym called The Yeti’s Lair. It is a really cool place Read more…

Day 62 07.26.14

Merry I4Kristmas! Today’s ride was dedicated to friends of Walder’s mother. Bevin is currently in hospice care for breast cancer, and her husband Rich has been with her every step of the way. It was Read more…