Cyclists cross country for good cause

College students take semester off to raise money for widows

Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 3:39pm

BATON ROUGE, La (WVLA) -- Four college students make the trip of a lifetime to raise money for a good cause. The Nutty Putty Cyclists were in Baton Rouge today, part of a 4,000-mile bike trip across the country. The team is made up of four college students from Brigham Young University.

Eric Maughan, Jonathan Miller, Oliver Thompson, and Dan Peterson decided to take the journey after Peterson's brother-in-law died in a caving accident in Utah last year. He left behind a wife, a 13-month old daughter, and an unborn son.

Peterson wanted to help raise money for his sister, but she suggested he do something to benefit others. So, this summer Peterson and his friends worked to raise enough money for a cycling trip across the U.S. They're taking donations for The Liz Logelin Foundation, an organization that gives grants to widows and widowers who have to raise children alone.

The boys took a semester off of college and hit the road, starting in Virginia Beach on October 4th. They'll finish in San Diego mid-December. So far, they've raised $4,000 in donations, but their goal is $15,000.

To help the group, check out their Nutty Putty website or their Facebook page.

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