We all know someone who has been impacted by cancer, and it’s never easy. It’s especially heart wrenching when the victim is a child, which is who General’s Guard aims to help with their 24-hour cycling relay on April 12.

So if you’re at White Rock Lake this Friday or Saturday and see a bunch of cyclist in their 40s and 50s sweating hard, it could be the members of General’s Guard, which is a volunteer cycling team that raises money for cancer survivors. On Friday, they’re raising money for a local cancer support organization in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Heroes for Children.

They began in 2006 as a team honoring the late Robert Martin, a general in the Air Force and the father of the team caption, Lakewood neighbor Michael Martin. Over the years, General’s Guard has raised more than $185,000 to support men, women and children battling or recovering from cancer. You can check out the General’s Guard Facebook page to learn more about them.

“Our team has always been about impact and results for those fighting cancer,” Martin says. “We are passionate about this as we have each known survivors and victims of cancer.  We are a pretty fun and creative bunch, so this innovative, non-stop ride at our home ‘course’ of White Rock Lake is the right vehicle for us to conduct our own event.”

They’ll be riding through the night Friday into Saturday, passing the baton in shifts of two riders. The team will be wearing General’s Guard jerseys, so give them a cheer or, better yet, go to Heroes for Children’s website to make a donation.

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