25 years of Trek 100 for the MACC Fund
WAUKESHA - The first Trek 100 started 25 years ago with about 350 riders. This year they expect 2,200.
Peter and Lisa Schraufnagel and 'Team Christopher' are riding the Trek 100 again this year--leading the way to help fight childhood cancer. Peter explains, "Everybody kind of roots for you. A lot of people know our story."
Christopher's story would break any parent's heart, but it hasn't broken the Schraufnagel's hope in finding a cure. In 2011 Christopher was diagnosed with brain cancer when he was just 7 years old. He was on the hard road to recovery until he relapsed and passed away a year later.
"It's incumbent on us and our community to try to raise money for the children to try to beat this cancer," Peter says.
That's why Peter will be cruising for Christopher on a Trek bike designed by his son. 'Team Christopher' has raised more than $100,000 for Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer -- better known as the MACC Fund.
"With organizations like the MACC Fund that's the only way these kids get research money and drugs that are going to be targeted for pediatric cancer," Lisa explains.
Former Bucks player and current broadcaster Jon McGlocklin co-founded the MACC Fund 38 years ago. He's often asked one question about the fund's success. "Did you see this, did you see the fact that we we've now given 50 million dollars. We've given not raised we've given $50 million. I didn't have that kind of vision - only God has that kind of vision."
The money goes to research. Cure rates for childhood cancer have climbed from from 20% in the mid 1970's, to 80% today, according to the MACC Fund.
The goal for Team Christopher is simple.
"If we can improve treatments for this kids, for any family going forward, that's our goal," Lisa says.
The Trek 100 ride has raised more than $12 million since it started.