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Imperial man will loop the Valley on bike Saturday to raise money for 9-11 fund

November 09, 2001|By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer

There is no doubt the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on this nation changed many views.

For Efrain Guerrero Jr. of Imperial, it persuaded him to consider changing his career.

Guerrero is a physical therapist assistant at the El Centro Physical Therapy and a cycling enthusiast.

Guerrero said the attacks on the United States made him consider changing his career to a field where he can help people in need, no matter the situation.

"I want to help people that have been struck by tragedy, no matter the situation," said Guerrero.

He will start Saturday by combining his love of cycling and his desire to help.

Guerrero will ride his bicycle from Brawley to Calexico all day in hopes of raising funds for the United Way Sept. 11 fund.

"I just want to help," he said.

Guerrero originally considered riding his bicycle to New York and raising funds along the way, but soon learned that idea had already been taken.

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Guerrero will depart from his home in Imperial at 6 a.m. and head south on Highway 86. He will make a left on Ross Avenue and make a right when he hits Fourth Street and head to Heber.

In Heber he will take a left on Heber Avenue and head toward Highway 111. At Highway 111 he will turn right and head to Calexico. In Calexico he will turn around and head north on Highway 111 after he hits the Calexico 10 movie theaters.

Guerrero has participated in fund-raising events while riding in groups. This will be his first long-distance ride alone.

He said the maximum he has traveled is about 200 miles. He hopes to break that record and travel between 200 and 300 miles Saturday.

Guerrero has already raised a little more than $1,000 for the effort and hopes to double that on Saturday.

He also said if anything, he hopes passing motorists will at least honk their horns for some encouragement.

For more information on donations, contact Guerrero at 312-7255. Guerrero will only accept checks or money orders made out to United Way.

>>Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3435.

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