Biking Grandville coach makes it to Mackinaw City

Coach Joel Breazeale's bicycle with the Mackinac Bridge in the background. (July 4, 2015)

MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grandville hockey coach who biked nearly 300 miles to raise awareness for a family in need arrived safely in Mackinaw City on Saturday.

Joel Breazeale left Grandville on Wednesday and got to Mackinaw around 11:30 a.m., meeting his July 4 arrival goal. He sent 24 Hour News 8 a photo of his bicycle with the Mackinac Bridge in the background.

Breazeale, who coaches the Grandville High School hockey team, made the trip to raise awareness for player Myles Madden’s family, which is facing medical and financial challenges.

Myles’ father Paul Madden has colon cancer and can’t work. He also had a quintuple bypass surgery only a year and a half ago. Myles’ mother Jackie has to get expensive shots every three months for a nerve problem. Paul Madden expects to lose his job and his family’s medical insurance on July 7. He applied for long-term disability, but is still waiting to hear if he has been approved.

Breazeale also set up a GoFundMe account hoping to raise at least $10,000 for the Maddens to help cover medical bills. As of Saturday afternoon, the account had raised more than $14,300.

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Online:

GoFuneMe account for the Maddens

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