Freshmen cycle for a cure

Several Asburians met the cyclists in Frankfort on July 25. Left to right: Ashley Mason ’07 Crooper, Zach, Laci, Karen Hoobler and Brandon Combs ’06.

WILMORE, KY—Soon-to-be freshmen Zach Dunbar and Laci Hoobler of Erie, Pa., arrived in Kentucky last week—he on a bike and she driving behind with water and supplies. They are finishing up a 4,000-mile bike trek to cure cancer.

Dunbar has been riding alongside Hoobler’s parents, Randy and Karen, throughout the trip. The ride began in San Francisco and will end in their hometown just in time for Laci and Zach to pack up and move to Asbury College for the fall semester.

Dunbar and the Hooblers planned their trip last spring over dinner. Randy Hoobler has friends involved in research for the John Kanzius Cancer Foundation. Kanzius, a retired media executive and philanthropist, was diagnosed with a rare form of B-cell leukemia in 2002. He established the foundation in hopes of finding a cure through a radio wave treatment project.

The “Cycling for a Cure” cross-country trip has raised more than $4,000 for the foundation. Along their journey, the team shares their story with the people they meet to raise awareness and funds.

Donations may be made online at: or direct to the foundation at:

Traveling together has lead Zach and Laci on some interesting adventures, including their next four-year journey at Asbury College. The pair were on their way back from a college visit in Georgia when they decided to visit Asbury College at the recommendation of an alumnus. Zach and Laci will be two of the nearly 400 members of the Zealous Class of 2012.

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