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Waukesha man departs for cross country bicycle trip to fight disease that took both his parents

Robert Rubin of the River Otter Cycling Club took off for Seattle Wednesday.

From there he will depart on bicycle and head east.

He expects to be on his bicycle for two months ending at Milwaukee's Veterans Park.

Along the way, he'll be raising money to fight pancreatic cancer.

The disease took both his mother and father.

"When somebody passes away, you want to do something" Rubin tells CBS 58 News. "I'm not a doctor. I'm not a researcher. I'm not a scientist. But I have a bicycle and I can do something like raise money for research and clinical trials."

To track his progress click here

Before he set off, Rubin stopped by the CBS 58 News at 4 with Steve Lipshetz of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

"The money that we raise primarily goes to research," says Lipshetz. "We have more than 120 researchers that are funded by our grants. And it helps to fund our patient central, a resource for you to use to learn about what's going on, clinical trials, nutrition and help the cause for the person you want to support."

For a link to PanCan click here

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