Orange County Pair Finishes Cross-Country Bike Trip for Charity

IRVINE, CA (AP) - An Orange County pair has finished a cross-country bicycle journey that has raised enough money to buy almost 10,000 wheelchairs.

The wheelchairs will be distributed to disabled people in developing countries.

Don Schoendorfer and Mike Bayer, co-founders of Free Wheelchair Mission, completed the three-thousand mile campaign Saturday in Irvine after leaving New York on April 20.

Bayer says the journey was quote- worth every pedal stoke. Schoendorfer and Bayer are still about five-thousand wheelchairs short of their goal of 15,000.

The two were met at the finish line by family, friends and supporters and celebrated with a barbecue.

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