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A cross-country cause

Delmar doctor dedicates bike trek to former nurse's medical bills

Anita Mullaney with her grandson, Chase. A former nurse, Mullaney is now struggling in the terminal stage of lung cancer. Dr. David Krischer, who practiced in Delmar for years, is dedicating a cross-country bike trek to help with her medical bills.

Anita Mullaney with her grandson, Chase. A former nurse, Mullaney is now struggling in the terminal stage of lung cancer. Dr. David Krischer, who practiced in Delmar for years, is dedicating a cross-country bike trek to help with her medical bills. Submitted Photo

— Organizing the efforts in the Capital District is Lisa Snyder, who also used to work in Krischer's office as a receptionist.

“I just think it's a really great idea,” Snyder said.

She also remembers the cancer diagnosis for Mullaney, who had worked at the office for 14 years. Snyder remembers Mullaney as someone who always kept healthy.

“It was a very sudden thing. She worked on a Friday and on Monday her husband called,” she said. “It was a shocker in the building because she showed no signs to anyone.”

Krischer thinks his journey will be completed sometime in October, at which time he'll probably bus it back home. He's been making stops in cities like Buffalo, Minneapolis and Sandusky, Ohio and camping out in a tent he packs onto his bike. Not every day is a winner, but having a cause helps him.

“There are times where I'm riding with 30 mph in my face the entire day. I say, 'I'm going to get through this because the more I do, the more it benefits Anita's family.'”

Donations may be sent to the Anita Mullaney Benefit Fund, PO Box 254, Ravena NY 12143, or can be made at any Key Bank branch. For more information or to reach Lisa Snyder, visit the benefit's Facebook group, “Dr. Krischer's Bicycle Ride Across the USA for Anita Mullaney.”

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