MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ - After graduating from Florida State University in May with a degree in Finance, Jensen Butler has embarked on a 4,200-mile solo cycling journey from Santa Monica, CA to Montauk, NY.

A 2014 graduate of Governor Livingston High School, Butler’s goal is to raise $10,000 for Cycle for Survival, a "national movement to beat rare cancers, where 100 percent of donations fund rare cancer research led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center."

As of recently, Butler has made it to Kentucky and is currently at over $6,000 in pursuit of his goal.

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Click here, if you'd like to donate to his journey. 

Butler said on his "Cycle for Survival" page, "Approximately 50 percent of all people diagnosed with cancer are fighting a cancer classified as rare. This includes many of the cancers that have afflicted my family and friends - melanoma, esophageal cancer, kidney cancer, leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, pancreatic cancer and others on the list of over 400 subtypes of cancer treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Far too many people are touched by these diseases, and yet many don't have a proven (or any) treatment plan. Cycle for Survival gives us a way to help address the drastic underfunding of these rare cancers.

100 percent of every dollar raised is invested in research led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. From immunotherapy to epigenetics, nanoparticles and beyond, the cutting-edge technologies being funded through Cycle for Survival are making a real, life-extending impact for patients battling rare cancers."

Cycle for Survival was founded by the late Jennifer Goodman Linn and her husband Dave in 2007, and has raised over $180 million dollars to fund research studies, clinical trials and improved treatments for rare cancer patients worldwide. 

Check back with TAPinto Berkeley Heights and TAPinto Mountainside for follow-up with Butler upon the completion of his cross-country trek.