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Patient to start cross-country bike ride for Phoenix Children's Hospital

Ethan Maurice, left, and his brother Reid. (Bob McClay/KTAR)

PHOENIX -- Dozens of supporters showed up at Phoenix Children's Hospital on Friday to wish a long-time patient good luck.

Ethan Maurice has been receiving treatment at Phoenix Children's Hospital for a rare blood clotting disorder since he was three years old.

Five years ago, he took a turn for the worse. Ethan was rushed to PCH after suffering a stroke.

"Doctors induced a coma," Ethan said. "I was in a coma for three days and intensive care for nine days. I had more seizures after the coma. I came out and I could barely speak. I just said "yes" and "no" for the first week after. But I slowly rehabbed."

Now that he has recovered, the 21-year-old Northern Arizona University student is giving back to the hospital by going for a bike ride with his 16-year-old brother Reid.

"We're riding across the United States for Phoenix Children's Hospital," Ethan said. "It's a total of 4,233 miles for the ride from Virginia to Oregon. We're hoping to raise $42,000. That's $10 a mile for PCH."

The two are paying all of their personal expenses related to the trip, so all of the money raised will go to the hospital.

The two brothers will fly to Virginia to start their trip on Wednesday. They are scheduled to finish their journey in August.

If you would like to donate, visit PCH Pedaling With Purpose

About the Author

Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I am married to my wife Rene', who is a librarian in the Washington school district. During free time, I may be found playing basketball in the driveway with my son, Devin. He's also keeping me busy with school, Little League, and playing in chess tournaments around the Valley.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: Doug Oldham gospel concert in the 1970s at the old East High School in Phoenix.

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Northern Hills Community Church in Phoenix. We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.


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