CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - A firefighter is pedaling across the country to raise awareness for the Make-A-Wish foundation. He stopped in the Lowcountry on Tuesday.
On May 20, Wisconsin firefighter Chris Rupp took on a 6,500-mile bike journey across country. His goal is to raise $100,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
"In my hometown of Wisconsin, I saw a family go through the wish-granting process and that was the most incredible thing to see," said Rupp. "The daughter had a terminal illness and her wish was to go to Disney."
Rupp started his trek in Seattle and bikes an average of 100 miles a day.
"Biking across the country is not a physical thing, it's a mental thing. It requires you to think that you can do it," Rupp said.
Rupp is stopping at various fire departments along the way. Charleston Fire Station No. 9 in downtown Charleston was his 71st stop.
"Every day I stay at a different fire house and it's really just an extension of the family that I have back home within the service," said Rupp. "You just show up and they welcome you in like you are one of them."
Rupp says every dollar raised stays within the city where it's donated.
"One hundred percent of the money donated goes directly towards wish-granting and it all stays local, which I think is really special," said Rupp. "That's what I love about it. After I leave a city, in a way, I'm still leaving a bit of me behind through my efforts and the bike ride."
So far, Rupp has raised $40,000 in donations. He has until the end of his trip to raise about $60,000 more. He hopes to finish up around Aug. 16.
"If we all gave just a little bit, the world would be such an incredible place," he said.
To donate to the Make-A-Wish foundation on Rupp's behalf, click here.