WINK-TV, the CBS affiliate in Fort Myers, Fla., carried a story about the efforts of Nate Shipley and friends to raise funds for the widow of his brother, Drew, who died unexpectedly in the summer. Nate, who resides in Winona Lake, Ind., and friends from the Winona Lake-Warsaw area, conducted a 1,300-mile ride beginning late last Friday in Kokomo, Ind., where Drew died, to his home in Cape Coral, Fla. They rode around the clock in shifts to accomplish their goal. Nate and Drew’s brother, Adam, who lives in Southwest Florida, joined the team for the last 30 miles of the ride. The group had a goal of raising $40,000 to assist Jessica, Drew’s widow. (See the GoFundMe page for more information.) Learn more about their ride at facebook.com/ride4drew.
Nate, Drew, and Adam are sons of Charis Fellowship pastor, Steve and Hally Shipley. Steve recently stepped back after serving more than 30 years at Villas Grace, Fort Myers, Fla.
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Man ventures on 1,300 mile bike ride to raise money for brother who died of cancer
A man ventured on the longest bike ride of his life to honor his older brother who died of cancer over the summer. He was joined by a number of other riders for the special journey.
Nate Shipley’s brother, Drew Shipley, died of leukemia in July — cancer no one knew he had. So Nate decided to go on the longest bike ride of his life to raise money for his brother’s widow and their three children.
The long ride is expected to come to a close in Cape Coral on Tuesday.
“I said, ‘Hey, I got this crazy idea; what do you think?’” Nate said.
Nate planned to ride his bike for four days, nonstop, 1,300 miles from Kokomo, Indiana to Cape Coral.
“[Drew] was a fun-loving guy,” Nate said. “Man, he always looked out for the guy, the kid that was getting picked on or the marginalized.”
Nate and Drew’s brother, Adam, was also along for the journey toward its end.
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