Man makes local stop in cross country trek for cancer awareness

by Geoff Fox

Flynn Donoho has been riding across the United States since January 6, 2011 and has been to every state at least twice on a journey to raise funds for cancer research. He and his canine companion stopped in Hancock last Tuesday.

Donoho, of California, is riding in support of raising funds for cancer and asking people to donate to the American Cancer Society via crowdrise.com.

Donoho said he’s doing this in honor of his sister-in-law who is an eight-year breast cancer survivor. He also lost a stepsister due to breast cancer at the age of 35. Donoho’s younger brother, Ian, is battling prostate cancer.

Over the years, he said he was caregiver to 90-year-old gentleman who had fallen and broken his neck. Donoho said he, too, died from cancer shortly after.

During his cross-country journey, Donoho has had his share of surprises. He said while in Texas, he was hit by an 18-wheeler, hit by a pickup, and bitten by a rattlesnake.

For this leg of his journey, Donoho has been using the C&O Canal towpath. Around Hancock, he was taking a break from the towpath and using the Western Maryland Rail Trail.

He said the WMRT gives him a smoother ride on the paved trail compared to the bumpiness of the towpath.

When it’s time to rest, Donoho has been camping along the trails and roads he’s traveling.

Donoho isn’t making the trip alone. Tagging with him is his seven-year old dog Diva, who he’s had since she was a puppy in Arizona

Flynn Donoho and his dog Diva are traveling across the United States to raise awareness for cancer. Donoho was passing through Hancock last Tuesday as he headed toward Washington D.C. on the C&O Canal towpath.

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