24 Hours in the Canyon

It's a disease that has touched nearly everyone in some way, cancer.

May 31, more than 600 bikers hit the dirt at Palo Duro Canyon to help find a cure.

This year it's the biggest turnout 24 hours in the Canyon has ever seen, about 620 riders.

The event is a nonprofit.
All the money is donated to a survivorship clinic at Harrington Cancer Center.

Event Director Ryan Parnell tells us in late 2006 he thought he had Lymphoma.

It turns out, it was a false diagnosis.

He was relieved and blessed, and felt like it was time to turn a tragedy, into a triumph.

People from all over the country, as far as Wyoming headed to Palo Duro Canyon to ride.

We caught up with one biker who tells us why she takes part.

Star Stater says, ""cancer is very personal to me. I lost my mother about 15 years ago due to a Glioblastoma.  My grandmother had breast cancer.  My father has prostate cancer.  And I've sat by the bed sides of many close friends who have lost their mothers over the last 10-15 years. "

Event officials tell us because of Stater, the community and many businesses, 24 Hours in the Canyon grows every year.

Parnell tells us Palo Duro Canyon allows riders to both road and mountain bike at the same time.

He says no other 24 hour event in the country, besides this one, allows people to do both.

21 cancer survivors suited up for this year's event.

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