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Wisconsin firefighter arrives in Wilmington after biking cross-country

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A fireman from Wisconsin traded his truck and fire hose for a bicycle and water bottle to ride across the country for a worthy cause. (Source: WECT) A fireman from Wisconsin traded his truck and fire hose for a bicycle and water bottle to ride across the country for a worthy cause. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

A fireman from Wisconsin traded his truck and fire hose for a bicycle and water bottle to ride across the country for a worthy cause.

With more than 6,000 miles of winding roads ahead of him, and a lofty goal of raising $100,000 for the Make-A-Wish foundation, Chris Rupp left Seattle with his eyes set for Miami.

"After seeing what Make-A-Wish did for a local family in my hometown, I thought it made sense to do something for them," Rupp said about why he embarked on the demanding feat.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation works with volunteers to grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses.  

The Eastern North Carolina chapter of the organization has already granted a record 200 wishes this year to children in the area. But, the wishes aren't free; not even close.

The average wish costs around $7,500, and Eastern North Carolina Make-A-Wish representative Janis Netherland said people like Rupp are a blessing.

Rupp said the most appealing part of his fundraiser is the fact that donations are organized by zip codes. That means if you give a donation, 100% benefits local children.

 If you would like to help Chris reach his goal, you can donate at www.rideforwishes.us

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