9-year-old bikes cross-country for kids with cancer

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A 4th grader from North Carolina is riding for a reason. C.J. Burford is doing what he says he was called to do: ride across America for sick children.

The 9-year-old kicked off his ride September 1 in Oceanside, Calif. He's traveled all the way to Saint Augustine by bike and he's doing it all for childhood cancer.

Burford is riding for the National Children's Cancer Society, which helps families with young children who have cancer.

"I am doing this because God called me to do this when I was 5-years-old," said Burford.

He followed through and it is something that he calls riding his bike for Jesus and at the same time he is raising $100,000 through lovefar.org.

"I know people who have had cancer and I want to show them that God Loves them," said Burford.

He does admit that the ride across America can be tiring.

"I've feel asleep in my dinner plate," said Burford.

He rides every day and he goes to school just like any other 9-year-old but he is home-schooled in this RV while riding through eight states.

"California, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida," said Burford.

His favorite state? Texas.

"Texas was a lot of farmland and I am born and raised and farmland so I love it," said Burford.

His final destination is the Saint Augustine pier. He says Saint Augustine is a city that is peaking his interest.

"Well, I am a history buff so I know that I'll love this place and it's the oldest city which is pretty cool," said Burford.

He plans to finish his 2,700 mile bike-ride Saturday at 10 a.m.


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