ORLANDO, FL—After a 28-day bicycle trip that began in New Brunswick’s Buccleuch Park, five Rutgers students arrived this afternoon at their destination: Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Gabrielle Rossi, Richard Trent, Philip Lubick, Brendan McCartney, and Sameen Jalal embarked on the 1,615 mile journey on July 28 as part of a fundraiser for the Embrace Kids Foundation’s “Dream4TK” project.
The foundation is a non-profit, based on Somerset Street in New Brunswick, which supports the non-medical needs of kids with cancer or a blood disorders like sickle-cell anemia.
Dream4TK stands for “Dream for the Kids”, which fits in nicely with Disney World’s self-proclaimed status as a place “where dreams come true”.
The students are supported by three crew members, who drive along the route, and numerous members of the Rutgers community, who worked to raising money for the project and plan the route for the four-week trip.
According to Google Maps, it takes more than 100 hours to cycle from New Brunswick to Walt Disney World.
So far, the Dream4TK project raised over $30,000 towards their goal of $1,000,000.
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