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Cyclists travel almost 300 miles to raise funds for tornado victims

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Reported by Diane Gerstenfeld.


They call themselves the Mojo riders.

Twenty three cyclists biked along route 66 for three days. Their mission: "to bring families back home." 

"I wanted to be able to help but it was also just a good physical challenge, said Chris Hendricks." And so if I can sacrifice my time and energy in a way we can raise money and raise awareness for the people in these communities than that's a great thing."

On the last leg of their journey they met a family in Baxter Springs which received $10,000.

"It's great. I mean wonderful. I'm just overwhelmed with it," said April Bush.

The Bush's lost the entire front side of the house and most of the left side due to the wrath of the tornado. But with the outpouring of community support they haven't lost touch of what matters most.

"You know a lot of times it's easy to give money to charities, but you never really see where it goes," said Henricks. "It's a great thing to be able to drive in this case ride to one of these houses and meet the people first hand and know that it's going toward a good cause."

Many of the same riders  cycled  from New Orleans to Joplin last year to help  with the Hurricane Sandy effort and wanted to help out again.

"We saw the tornado that hit Baxter Springs and saw that the fundraising efforts in Baxter weren't quite at the same level as what there was in Joplin and New Orleans," said Andy Perigo. "They didn't get as much as the federal funds as we did in Joplin. And we thought we'd try and put something together to help out the families in Baxter."

So far they've raised about $70,000 on this tour and are still accepting donations.  

Mojo hopes to raise enough money to rebuild homes for up to five more families.
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