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ASU student to go the distance for his sister

Chandler Rogers plans to ride his bicycle from the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house in Jonesboro, all the way to the Mississippi State Pike house in Starkville.  

The 22-year-old ASU finance major from Brookland, MS says the motivation behind his ride comes from his sister. Sixteen-year-old Peyton Rogers has Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, or POTS. 

It causes pooling of the blood in the legs, which causes the heart to not get enough blood and oxygen. 

Rogers says it interferes with Peyton's autonomic nervous system when sitting or lying down. Her heart rate will accelerate dramatically to get the heart more oxygen. 

This causes the blood to be pulled from the brain leaving victims like Peyton with dizziness, migraines, passing out and sometimes, nausea. 

Chandler says his Pike fraternity brothers plan to join him on the 275-mile ride beginning this Friday and lasting through Saturday. As many as 24 Pike fraternity brothers will take turns riding 10 – 12 miles at a time during the non-stop trip. 

It begins at 9 a.m. at the ASU fraternity house on Friday and will wrap up between 9 a.m. and noon on Saturday in Starkville. 

Donors are asked to make a one-time donation to the event. Rogers has set up a gofundme account at http://www.gofundme.com/p7mq9k.  

All proceeds go to benefit Dysautonmia International to support POTS research.

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