A San Marino man who has a home in Lucerne Valley is nearly three weeks into his 27-day cross-country bicycle ride to raise money to fight leukemia.

Steve Gilmore left Santa Monica on June 9, made it to Texas 10 days later and now is more than half way to Rye Brook, New York, a 3,000-mile trek.

It hasn't been an easy trip, as one would expect. But between heat, elevation gains, so-so roads and a sore rear end, Gilmore has remained in good spirits.

He has $30,000 raised, but is aiming for a half-million, a lofty goal. He is making the ride, and raising the money, in memory of his sister, Gail, and friend, Clarence Muirhead. Both lost their fights against leukemia.

We salute him in his effort and wish him God speed on his 27-day trip.

Tackling such a ride isn't easy even for professional cyclists, but Gilmore isn't a pro — he's a jeweler by profession. But he is passionate about his desire to make an impact and to raise money to try to find a cure for a devastating disease that claimed the lives of two people he loved very much.

We salute Mr. Gilmore for his desire to make a difference and hope readers will consider donating to his very worthy cause.

To follow his trip across America, visit Gilmore's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/steve.gilmore.167

To support the cause, please go to Gilmore's LLS Team in Training website: http://pages.teamintraining.org/calso/yourway16/sgilmore