Native bicycle owner finishes over 2,400-mile journey elevating cash for JDRF

BLASDELL, NY (WIVB) – After 30 days and 2,400 miles, a local cyclist is finally home.

People gathered in Blasdell to welcome Darwin East back Wednesday after raising more than $ 20,000 for diabetes research.

East, a local Ford employee, cycled to six different Ford plants and to the company’s headquarters. The money goes to the non-profit JDRF, which funds research into type 1 diabetes.

Ost says he wants to do something special after their annual fundraiser was canceled.

“That’s great and you know what everyone has donated here, that’s the thing that everyone has given a little,” said Ost.

“I just want to say what a hero this man is for so many people, we follow his adventures every day on Facebook. His inspiring messages and he made me cry as well as laugh, “added one person after Ost’s trip.

Ford is JDRF’s leading global partner, contributing more than $ 65 million to the company.

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(WIVB) – Victor Neilson is a huge Buffalo Bills fan and had received intense chemotherapy for non-Hodgkin lymphomas for the past 5 months. On January 21, he had to ring the bell to indicate the end of his treatment, but did it with a Bill’s Mafia twist.

Neilson was diagnosed with cancer in August 2020 and started chemotherapy shortly afterwards. In a post on Twitter, he made his announcement with a video.

Neilson gathered outside with staff and others, put on a Bill’s helmet, and jumped through a folding table with the word “cancer” on it.

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Nielson said he wanted to pay it up and started a GoFundMe in aid of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. To donate, click Here.

Patrick Ryan is a digital producer who is part of the News 4 Team since 2020. See more of his work Here.