ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A St. Augustine cancer survivor left Sunday on a 1000-mile bicycle ride across Central Florida to raise awareness and money for two charities that help in the fight against cancer.
Lynn Rothemund's supporters gathered in downtown St. Augustine Sunday morning to cheer her on as she embarked on her journey.
In 2010 she was diagnosed with stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma, but she never gave up hope. Now 56-years-old Rothemund says she has been in remission for about a year.
"I wanted to do something to help others because I saw a lot of people in a lot of need, and I felt really fortunate," Rothemund said.
She is riding by herself and plans to travel through different cities every day.
"I look at it as something fun. I'm going to get exercise. I love exercise," Rothemund said. "I'm going to stay with friends every night, so that's the reward, and I'll eat anything I want and then I take off the next day."
She plans to end the 1000-mile ride October 20 at Biketoberfest near Daytona.
She hopes to fund-raise $40,000 along the way. Rothemund says she will split the money between two organizations close to her heart, Unity Outreach and Art Breakers.
"I just want to send a message of hope and support. If we all work together we can make anything happen," she said.
This isn't Rothemund first big bike ride. She biked 1,200 miles through Florida in 2004 to raise money for Habitat for Humanity.
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