Man travels from California to Meridian by bicycle to raise awareness for rare disease

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Paul Golub is almost 60 years old and he’s riding his bike from coast to coast. He stopped in Meridian this weekend. The ride is to raise awareness for Prader-Willi, a genetic disorder that causes excessive hunger. His 13 year old nephew suffers from it.

Golub started the ride April 25th, in California. He is determined to finish what he started.

"If I don't do it now, when would I even attempt it?" Golub said.

As Golub approached 30 years of service at work, he was asked what he wanted in return for his hard work. He requested five weeks off to carry out the ride for his nephew.

"When they said I could do it, I knew it would be for a good cause," Golub said.

Getting teary eyed, Golub shared a message from his nephew Maxx that read 'Go Uncle Paul, you can do it!'

Golub said encouraging words like Maxx's message is what helps him through hard days.

Nearing the end of his journey, Golub plans to finish next Friday in Georgia.

He said anyone can donate towards research at www.FPWR.org and enter participant name 'Paul Golub.'