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Jefferson Award Winner: Larry Everson

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Eau Claire (WQOW)- Larry Everson goes by many names. Some call him 'The Lean, Mean Biking Machine'. At an Eau Claire food bank he's known as 'The Great Ambassador'.

"I call him Feed My People's great ambassador because he's out there talking to people about what we do," says Emily Moore, executive director of the food bank. 

In the past 10 years there's rarely a day that has gone by that Larry hasn't spent biking. Each mile he pedals he collects pledges. Now nearing 65,000 miles he's raised over $30,000 for Feed My People food bank.

"While he's biking we're driving," continues Moore. "The money that he raises in a year is enough for us to be able to fuel our truck and be able to deliver about a quarter million pounds of food to our rural neighbors in need. That equates to probably about 200,000 meals."

"I'm always on the go. I keep biking and biking and biking. I just love biking," chimes in Larry.  And while putting on all those miles you can bet Larry has a good mechanic on stand by.

"At first he had a mountain bike style and then moved up a little better," recalls Terry Hintz, owner of Eau Claire Bike & Sport. "Now we've got him on something that's much more comfortable and nice for his style of riding." Bike & Sport worked out a deal with Larry, for every lap he makes around the world they wheel out a brand new bike. "We kind of saw his enthusiasm and his drive to actually be doing something good and I guess I'd like to say I hope all of us have some of us in that, someplace. It just felt good to be able to help him out," adds Hintz. 

Do you know someone making a difference in their community? Each month WQOW News 18 selects a Jefferson Award winner and we need your help. Click here to fill out a nomination form.

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