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German cyclist rides his way to the Belen fire station

German cyclist rides his way to the Belen fire station

BELEN — Jörg Richter has bicycled across America over and over again to raise money for a children’s charity, but this time he’s including his…

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BELEN — Jörg Richter has bicycled across America over and over again to raise money for a children’s charity, but this time he’s including his brothers — fellow firefighters.

Richter, a retired German firefighter, stopped for a friendly visit and an overnight stay at the Belen fire station last Thursday as he continues on his journey. The 62-year-old cyclist is on a mission — to raise funds for Care-for-Rare , a nonprofit organization that helps children with rare diseases.

Starting off in Oakland, Calif., in March, Richter is on his way to New York City by way of a bicycle and the friendly hospitality of strangers. His inspiration for the long and arduous journey is for children with terminal diseases. Retired German firefighter and cyclist Jörg Richter, pictured in center, is surrounded by his brothers at the Belen Fire Department. Richter is cycling across America and staying at as may firehouses as possible. Clara Garcia | News-Bulletin photo

“I’ve always dreamed about cycling the U.S. since I was a kid,” Richter said. “I postponed, postponed, postponed. I always wanted to cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge, and when my three best friends died in 2013 — more or less in a row — I said I wasn’t going to postpone anything anymore.”

Richter said he decided not to only do it for his personal pleasure, but for children who can’t fulfill their own dreams because they’re too ill. That’s when he found Care-for-Rare, which connects the best doctors and hospitals.

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