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LAWTON Okla_ He's a man on a mission. Flynn Donoho is riding his bicycle across the country for a good cause.

The 54-year-old California native is cycling across the nation for cancer research, and he's not alone. His dog 'Diva' rides along with him. Thursday, he showed up at our front door to spread his message of healing.

Flynn Donoho said this isn't his first time biking across the nation in the name of cancer research. He's done it for the past three years. He said all he has to do is think about those affected by cancer, and he pedals away.

Flynn Donoho's journey started in January of 2011. He had just lost his job as a home caretaker and could not stop thinking about so many of his loved ones who've been affected by cancer, many of whom had passed away.

"They're in pain all the time, cancer victims," Donoho said. "I would say everyday, all day, all week all year, they're in pain."

He said his stepsister lost her battle with breast cancer in 1995. She was 35-years old.

"She was just gorgeous like a model," Donoho said. "She had both breasts removed, but then it just invaded her whole body after they got rid of one breast and took out the other one. She had all these pills. She was taking, it must have been, 20 to 30 different pills."

That's what inspired him to hit the road on his bike. It's something he can do that many cancer patients can't.

"I could ride a bike everyday, all day, all year and not be in pain," Donoho said.

He contacted the American Cancer Society, attached a trailer and a sign to his bicycle and hopped on. He said he's cycled a little over 16,000 miles through 39 states with only 9 left to go. He said he survives mostly on the generosity of others.

"I have a tent," Donoho said, "That little black tent right there on top. We both sleep inside of it and people put me in motel rooms. I sleep in houses. I slept in an apartment last night here in Lawton. I met a fellow at a McDonald's. He works there."

He'll continue going on his mission, spreading his message of hope across the country for all cancer patients.

"I tell everybody anyone can do what I do," Donoho said. "Anyone can do it. You just get on a bike and ride or walk. Anyone can raise money, too."

Donoho said he hopes to be done with his journey by the end of the summer. He said he's not sure if this trip across the nation will be his last.

So far, Donoho said he has raised about $1,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Donoho has raised about a $1,000 so far. If you would like to donate, click here.

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