LaxTrib: Volunteer rises above handicap to raise money for Guadalupe shrine
Christopher Pundzak refuses to let his cerebral palsy hold him back from two of his favorite pursuits: working with computers at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe and bicycling.continue at La Crosse Tribune
He soon will combine both in a statewide trek on his three-wheel recumbent bike to raise money for the Marian shrine in south La Crosse.
“I always wanted to ride a bike for a good cause,” the 26-year-old La Crosse man said. “I’m trying to raise $1,000 for the shrine, and none for myself.”
His pilgrimage of nearly 200 miles will start June 18 at the National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Holy Hill near Milwaukee. He plans to log about 50 miles a day to finish at Our Lady of Guadalupe four days later.
The shrine became his cause after he volunteered for maintenance work there last year and soon became its unofficial computer tech.
“I worked my way up from maintenance to computers,” he said with broad grin.
www.biketomary.com (name of website created by Christopher without knowledge of Walk to Mary)