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.