Avon Middle School teacher bikes across country for local charity

Avon Middle School teacher bikes across country for local charity
Wearsch is raising money for Prayers From Maria, a charity for childhood cancer. (Source: WOIO)
Wearsch is raising money for Prayers From Maria, a charity for childhood cancer. (Source: WOIO)

AVON, OH (WOIO) - An Avon Middle School teacher is getting ready to embark on a trip that will take him across the country.

He will be getting there one pedal at a time, all for a good cause.

Tim Wearsch will be making his way from Santa Monica, California to Washington D.C. on his bike.

He's raising money and awareness for childhood cancer, and he's doing this all for a charity close to home.

For Avon Middle School teacher Tim Wearsch, cycling is a family affair.

Now he's putting his passion to the test for a good cause.

"It's 3,100 miles, 100 miles a day, shooting for 31 days," he said.

He's taking Route 66 for most of the trip across the country.

"We're starting from the Santa Monica Pier the official endpoint, to St. Louis. From there we level off and head to Washington D.C.," Wearsch said.

This history teacher's trip is a physical challenge, but it's also educational.

"Just the history and background gives me one more reason to go for a bike ride," he said.

But most importantly, Tim will be raising money for Prayers from Maria Foundation.

The local foundation is named for Maria McNamara, who died at age seven from a brain tumor.

It raises money to find a cure for the deadliest childhood brain tumors known as gliomas.

"I'm familiar with the story of Maria. And with the sunflowers hopefully we'll have here soon, the idea came to tie it in with something that meant a little bit more," Wearsch said.

You may have noticed a sea of yellow off of I-90 in Avon during the summer.

Volunteers with Prayers for Maria will start "planting hope" in mid-July and a field along the highway near the Nagel Road exit will eventually be transformed, full of sunflowers to raise awareness for childhood cancer.

He'll face aches and pains along the way, but Wearsh will have a reason to fight to make it to the end.

"You have to have a reason and a goal, as bad as you may feel at the moment, doesn't even compare to what some of these families go through," he said.

"Couldn't come up with a better reason to go for a bike ride."

So far Tim has raised over $5,800. His goal is to hit $10,000. You can donate to his cause by clicking here.

He leaves for his cross country trip this week.