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Multiply that ride by about 200. That’s what one man, along with friends and family, did this past summer as a way to get closer to the Blessed Mother.
Chris Pundzak is a 27-year-old volunteer at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse. For the second year in a row, he biked from The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians at Holy Hill in Hubertus, near Milwaukee, to the shrine in La Crosse.
He calls it the “Bike to Mary.”
The journey took about a week to complete.
While Pundzak has cerebral palsy, he didn’t let that get in the way of his ride.
“I’ve always wanted to do a bike ride for a good cause and Mary is a good cause,” said Pundzak.
“He’s always been a disciple for Christ, ever since he was a little boy,” said Pundzak’s mother, Cecile Gregory, who also went along on the ride.
When Pundzak was born, doctors told his mother he wouldn’t be able to walk, much less use a computer. He now helps with information technology — programming computers and working with computer operations — at the shrine and has a passion for bike riding.