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Riding for Rett Syndrome

(Photo source: Rett Ride Across America) (Photo source: Rett Ride Across America)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Imagine biking across America. That's what one man is doing to help raise awareness about Rett Syndrome. K.C. Byers, a 54-year-old cancer survivor, is making the trek across the Southern part of our country. His 16-year-old daughter, Katelyn, has Rett Syndrome, a debilitating genetic disorder.

Byers said he got into cycling after having seven stents placed in his heart in June of 2009. His cardiologist recommended the sport and Byers said he, " very quickly was hooked."

Byers' ride is a part of the National Rett Ride Across America. Byers began his ride September 25th in Jacksonville, Florida and he aims to arrive in Santa Monica, California by Halloween. Wednesday's leg of his cross country cycling journey will take him from Pensacola, Florida to Biloxi. You can learn more about his journey at RettRideAcrossAmerica.com.

Byers is expected to arrive late this afternoon and WLOX News will be there to talk with him about this physical undertaking, his outreach to educate all along his route about Rett Syndrome, and his family's own personal story. Hear about his experience on the road later today on WLOX News and WLOX.com.

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