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Last updated on Thursday, January 9, 2014
(BEDFORD) - In March 20-year-old Trace Cummings and his Bianchi Campione road bike will hit the road and travel to the west coast planting trees along the way, while raising money to battle testicular cancer.
The trip is part of the Johnny Appleseed Project.
Cummings will carry camping equipment and supplies to make repairs and he plans to stop and eat along the way or make meals at his campsites.
Cummings noted Johnny Appleseed died of testicular cancer, which is rare, and the trip is about improving the environment as well as aiding testicular cancer research.
Cummings said he will be planting peach trees versus the apple trees that Johnny Appleseed or John Chapman is famous for planting.
Cummings' exact route hasn't been determined but he will travel "hardiness zones 5-8," as designated by the United States Department of Agriculture as areas most suitable for growing peach trees.
Cummings expects the journey will take between two and three months.
After returning from California, Cummings will focus on his education. A 2011 graduate of Bedford North Lawrence High School, Cummings plans to transfer from Ball State University, Indiana University Southeast to complete his degree in graphic design.
For more information and to see a video of Cummings and to donate to the cause, visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/johnny-appleseed-project.
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