Rockford man has been biking for 30 years to raise money for children’s cancer research


ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Michael Scott took his passion for cycling and turned it into decades of fundraising, raising thousands of dollars for childhood cancer research. Now he’s doing it again.

“When you tell people you’re riding 100 miles, they look at you like you’re crazy,” Scott said.

For thirty years, Scott has been riding to raise money for childhood cancer research.

“It really tugs at your heart strings to see some of the kids over the years, that have been battling cancer, that have not made it,” he said. “If I can do a little part to help with that, then God bless ’em, I’m there.”

Scott first joined the MACC Trek 100 Bicycle Ride in 1989 after seeing an ad in a magazine.

“(I thought,) let’s try this. It’s kind of cool and it’s for a great cause. And so, we gave it a shot and here we are, 30 years later, still doing it,” he said. “I have actually done and completed all 30 years now.”

To prepare, Scott wears his helmet, gloves, and special cycling shoes, hops on his bike and pedals for miles, sometimes riding up to 40 miles to get to work.

“It’s actually not as difficult as you might think, if you put a little bit of effort into it and you break it down into segments throughout the day,” he said.

Rain or shine, Scott is out on his bike, and he says he doesn’t mind any little problems that may pop up during his rides.

“I think in my heart, there isn’t one kid in a hospital bed that wouldn’t trade places with me in about a half second,” he said.

This year, Scott’s goal is to raise $3,000 for the 3,000 miles he’s cycled over the decades. As long as there is a need, he says he has no plans of slowing down.

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