- Associated Press - Sunday, March 16, 2014

MEDWAY, Mass. (AP) - Just before Sara Burgett begins her graduate studies in the physical therapy program at Northeastern University next fall, she’ll be taking a road trip to California - the first time she’ll ever see the Golden State.

But instead of an engine and four tires, the 22-year-old Medway native and 2009 Medway High graduate will be on two tires on a metal frame powered only by her legs and determination.

Burgett, along with a group of about 20 other bikers, will embark on a two-month journey across the country this summer in an effort to raise a dollar for charity for every mile she covers - about 3,785.

Her charity of choice is Bike the US for MS, an organization based in Virginia, about a five-hour drive from Wilmington, N.C., where Burgett lives after graduating from the University of North Carolina Wilmington last May.

Burgett said she chose to raise money for multiple sclerosis because her mother’s best friend and close family friend has been living with it for “as long as (Burgett) can remember.”

“This one was just really close to me,” Burgett said of her reasoning behind her choice.

On June 1, Burgett will take off from Yorktown, Va., and head for San Francisco, but her two months on the road won’t just be spent pedaling her heart out.

Along the route, Burgett and her fellow bikers will undertake several home modification projects for people living with the disease.

Currently, she has raised about $1,500 with three months left to raise the rest.

Although she admitted she is not much of a biker, she has “always been into sports,” she said.

“It’s been a learning process and a lot of fun,” she said, adding that she has been consulting with the local bike shop on gear and preparation.

“But it’s definitely new to me,” she said.

Although Burgett is determined to help fund research for the disease that has affected her family friend for so long, there is an added benefit to her summer adventure.

“I’ve never been to California before,” she said. “I’m looking forward to that.”

For more information, go to www.biketheusforms.org/cyclists/detail.asp?cid=391

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