Teen stops in BR during cross-country bike trek for amputees
June 24, 2013 at 3:24 PM CDT - Updated July 25 at 4:09 PM
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB)
The LSU campus had plenty of people sporting purple and gold shirts around campus this weekend. But there was one young man standing out in the crowd, boldly wearing an "Ole Miss" t-shirt, as he posed on top of a statue of Mike the Tiger.
His name is Grey Tedford. The energetic 19-year-old is making a cross-country trek on his bicycle to raise money for kids who want to attend a summer camp for amputees.
Tedford is planning to pedal more than 3,000 miles from San Diego, California to St. Augustine, Florida. He started his journey on May 27. On Sunday, he made an overnight stop in Baton Rouge.
He's calling his journey "Miles for Amputees." And the cause is close to his heart. His father, mother, and grandmother are all amputees.
Tedford admits the long days on the road are exhausting. "The biggest thing I've learned is to just, no matter what, never give up," Tedford said. "From day one, I've had the message in the back of my mind for me to just stop and go back home to Mississippi. "But, I keep on pedaling on and take it a day at a time."
Tedford has used social media sites such as Couch Surfing to find accommodations along his journey. In some cities, people have sponsored hotel rooms for the teen to get a good night's sleep along his journey.