Houston Police Department
HPD Officers Bicycling for a Cure

June 17, 2014 - Officers with the Houston Police Department Bicycle Relay Team hit the road today (Tuesday, June 17), once again raising money to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Departing from Discovery Green in downtown Houston this morning, the 34 officers, together with leukemia survivors and family members of survivors, began the first day of a seven-day, 2,900 mile relay to Tacoma, Washington.

This is the 33rd year HPD officers have donated their time to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In the past 32 years, officers have ridden almost 73,000 miles and contributed more than $5.4 million dollars to help improve the quality of life for those battling blood-related cancers.

"No matter how much my legs are burning, I find a way to push those extra few miles. I hope that extra effort somehow finds its way to someone fighting their disease and is about to give up," said HPD Senior Police Officer Jorge Gaytan. "Something our team has also taken inspiration from over the years is you can't spell Houston Police without the letters H-O-P and E," he added.

For continuing updates on the ride, follow HPD on Twitter (https://twitter.com/houstonpolice) #HPDBikeRelay or on Facebook(https://www.facebook.com/Houstonpolice).

Photos of this morning's sendoff can be found on the HPD Flickr page at

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For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.