Forest Acres teen plans 110 mile bike ride to benefit vets

Published: Feb. 15, 2016 at 1:37 AM EST|Updated: Oct. 20, 2017 at 4:10 PM EDT
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BLYTHEWOOD, SC (WIS) - A 16-year-old girl from Forest Acres is planning on making quite the trip in April. She's going to be riding 110 miles on an electric trike bike to help raise funds in support of military vets.

Ellerbe Kinard says she got the idea in part because her family has a strong military history. Her grandfather served in the Vietnam War. Her father, Hamilton, also received the Purple Heart for his service in Iraq and currently struggles with PTSD.

Ellerbe's bike trip will be alongside roughly 600 veterans and will take her from the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia to the Civil War battlefield in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Outrider USA is sponsoring the teen with a bike to use for the journey.  Ellerbe says that donations raised through her ride will go to support the SD Gunner Fund, which helps wounded vets with the cost of owning service animals.

"It's quite possibly one of the best feelings I've ever had," Ellerbe said of her adventure that lies ahead. "I've always been one that likes to see other people happy. That likes to motivate and encourage other people and put a smile to their face. I couldn't ask for a better feeling."

Ellerbe will be making her trip from April 24, 2016 through April 26, 2016.

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