GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Two Grand Junction cyclists, known as the "Bicycling Grandmas", have biked 20,000 miles to raise money for the Huntington's Disease Society of America.
Since 1999, Charlotte Reicks and Marie Nemec hop on their bikes for a cross country ride in order to raise money and awareness of Huntington's Disease. The illness is a deadly, genetic disorder similar to MS and Parkinson's. The Bicycling Grandmas say they don't have the disease, but they have met people suffering from it and they wanted to bring attention to the illness.
"When the Huntington's Convention was in Denver, I met a lot of people there who were affected by Huntington's and I was very impressed by these people and I wanted to do something to try to help," said Marie Nemec, Bicycling Grandma.
The pair completed their last cross country trip last year.
"It was a good way to raise funds so then we started bicycling every year for Huntington's. The years kept going by and we always said 'as long as we physically and mentally can do that we will'," said Charlotte Reicks.
They've raised more than $700,000 through their rides, now, one local bike shop wants to say "thank you". Brown's Cycling, in Downtown Grand Junction, is throwing a "retirement party" for the duo. It's at the shop Saturday from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.