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Principal to Ride with Lance Armstrong

Principal to Ride with Lance Armstrong

Posted - Oct. 14, 2004 at 5:10 p.m.



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Sammy Linebaugh Reporting World-class bicyclist and cancer-survivor Lance Armstrong wears a wristband that says "live strong." It represents the can-do spirit in the battle against cancer. A Utah elementary school is taking that message to heart, thanks to their Principal.

Principal Sharyl Karren has been working hard all summer training for Lance Armstrong's "Ride for the Roses", an annual bike race in Austin, Texas that at one Sandy, Utah school has become a shared exercise.

J.T. Rose, Altara Elementary School: “We’re donating all this money for Ms. Warnke ‘cause she had cancer. There’s a lot of other people who have had cancer and we all think it’s a very good thing to do.”

Kaye Warnke: "It is wonderful. It is part of the medicine. It really and truly is."

Sharyl Karren, Altara Elementary Principal: “We’re just celebrating having her back, and we want to honor her and let her know we support her.”

Today's training ride is two laps around the school. The actual ride for the roses is 100 miles in Texas heat.

Josh Cude, Altara Elementary Student: “I think it would be hard, 100 miles.”

The Altara Principal and her daughter Debbie Reid will represent the school, heading to Austin this weekend for the big ride. They'll take with them a wall of roses--each represents a donation by students.

Taelor Saxton, Altara Elementary Student: “You just get to write your name on them and hand in a dollar, and it went to the cancer.”

Josh Cude: "I think it's cool that she gets to do it."

J.T. Rose: "I think she can go all 100 miles."

The students have raised hundreds of dollars. Last year the "Ride for the Roses" raised a total of 4.5 million dollars for cancer awareness programs and grants.

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