The online news site, InkFreeNews, carried a story yesterday about the efforts of Nate Shipley to raise funds for the widow of his brother, Drew, who died unexpectedly in July. Shipley and five others rode their bicycles round the clock from Kokomo, Ind., to Cape Coral, Fla., earlier this fall to bring awareness to the cause. Nate and Drew are the 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. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article.
Man Raises $20K For Late Brother’s Family Through Bike Ride
WINONA LAKE — A local man has raised at least $20,000 to help the family of his late brother who died unexpectedly this summer.
Nate Shipley joined together with others from the 2nd Mile Adventures biking group to travel 1,300 miles over four days. It was all to raise funds to help his brother Andrew “Drew” Shipley’s family.
Drew Shipley died in July from an undiagnosed case of leukemia, leaving his wife Jessie and three daughters financially unstable. Nate Shipley got the idea to raise $40,000 for them through the trip via a GoFundMe page.
Nate Shipley and five others, Mason Geiger, Nate Gernert, Heath Shock, Noel Howett and Kyle Downs, were the main riders in the event. They took turns riding in about three-hour shifts.
Other family members of Drew Shipley also joined in. His and Nate’s brother, Adam Shipley, rode the last 30 miles in Florida from Port Charlotte, Fla., to Cape Coral, Fla. Drew and Jessie Shipley’s nephew Ian Beck also participated albeit remotely.
Beck rode 40 miles in Alaska where he lives. The trip also had five other bonus riders participate for parts of it: Matthew Niemier, Nate Lothamer, Matt Mauk and Sarah and Steve Marsh. All are from Warsaw and Winona Lake.
The ride for the main group started in Kokomo at the house of Drew Shipley’s in-laws and ended at his and Jessie’s home in Cape Coral, Fla.
Nate Shipley said the process of the trip helped him heal.
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