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Sisters bike across country for dad

By Juliana Valencia
Published On: Sep 23 2013 06:27:09 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 17 2013 11:00:00 PM CDT

Sisters raise more than $5,000 for the National Brain Aneurysm Foundation by biking in their father's memory.

NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY -

Two Craven County sisters rode their bikes from Virginia to California in support of their father, and to raise money for The National Brain Aneurysm Foundation.

From July to September, Heather and Erika Thompsen rode more than 3,000 miles. They were riding in memory of their father, Richard Lee Thompsen.

The single father owned and managed New Bern's WNOS-1450. However in 2000, Richard Thompsen, collapsed from a ruptured brain aneurysm at work and had to stop working.

 

For 12 years, the sisters made sure he could take care of himself.  Heather said her father passed away last year to complications of his brain aneurism.

 

"He was just such a great person. He was loved by everyone he knew," Heather said.

The sisters raised more than $5,300, and are donating it to the National Brain Aneurysm Foundation.

“Just raising awareness across the country has been very great and people have been very generous," Erika said.

September is national brain aneurysm awareness month. Brain aneurysms are a disorder in which weakness in the wall of a cerebral artery or vein causes a localized dilation or ballooning of the blood vessel. They are most common in people ages 35 to 60