Cyclists Ride Cross Country To Save Young Boy

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By Alabama News Network

Two men are riding across the country to help save the life of a little boy from Shelby County.

 
They want to raise awareness to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. 
 
It's all about helping a special boy named Gabe. 
 
He has a rare disease that there isn't a cure for yet, but his family and friends are hoping to change that. 
 
Just looking at Gabe Griffin, you wouldn't know that anything was wrong. 
 
But there's something deadly hiding in the boy's muscles.
 
"So long story short between 10 and 12 he'll be in a wheelchair and 17 to 20 he'll lose his life. However there is a drug out there, it's been in clinical trial for 3 years and we're trying to fight and get this drug," said Scott Griffin, the boy's father.
 
It's been hard for his dad to watch the deadly disease take hold of the 9 year old boy.
 
He says Gabe doesn't fully know what will happen if he doesn't get some kind of treatment. 
 
"As a dad we fight to keep our kids healthy and when they fall we put band aids on it but I can't fix this alone," said Griffin.
 
Michael Staley is one of the two cyclists who have trekked over 3000 miles through 11 states. 
 
He met Gabe while working in Congressman Spencer Bachus' office and felt like he had to do something. 
 
"The symbolism of a bike journey across the country and the challenges it brings are really nothing in comparison to what Gabe Griffin and his family and the other 15,000 children with Douchenne are going to go through," said Staley. 
 
Governor Robert Bentley declared it Ride for Gabe day in his honor.
 
Throughout the trip, the team has been raising money and awareness for the disease. Staley says it's been amazing to meet so many people along the way. 
 
"We got into Wyoming, we had a truck driver, an 18 wheeler driver, who pulled us over on the side of the road, we were fixing a flat tire. He slammed on his brakes, got out of the truck and said I heard you on the radio. Here's all the money I've got in my pocket," said Staley. 
 
For more information and to help Gabe, log on to www.ride4gabe.org.