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Firefighters bike from Chicago to Boston for pediatric cancer

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Twenty-five bicyclists from the Chicago Fire Department were welcomed to the city of Springfield on Thursday afternoon.

The firefighters are riding from Wrigley Field in Chicago to Fenway Park in Boston to raise money for the Henry Schueler 41 & 9 Foundation.

The organization focuses on raising money for Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital.

The firefighters ride in memory of Henry Schueler, 14, of Chicago, who died after being diagnosed with a rare subtype of acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

His father, Matt Schueler, is one of the riders making the track to Boston.

He said Henry was a huge baseball fan, so riding to the two stadiums was a great way to honor his son's memory.

"Four years ago, we did our first bike ride around Lake Michigan. Then we did one to St. Louis and then one across country. Now this one to honor Hank's love of baseball from one icon field of Wrigley to the other Fenway Park," Matt Schueler said.

The team has carried Henry's baseball jersey the entire trip.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and the Springfield Fire Department were on hand to welcome the riders.

Sarno and the department gave a donation to the foundation.

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