Man riding coast-to-coast on bike for veterans

Posted at 10:49 PM, Apr 30, 2018

OCEANSIDE (KGTV) -- It's a 3,100-mile bike ride that starts from the Oceanside Pier Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. 

Buzz Ponce, 69, will be riding his bike coast to coast from Oceanside to St. Augustine, Florida.  He is doing it to raise money for the Warrior's Heart Foundation

The foundation helps active military members, veterans and first responders dealing PTSD, alcohol abuse and drug addiction. 

Buzz says he started planning the bike ride two years ago. At first, he says it was all about seeing if he could do it, but then realized it would be better if he could use it to help others. 

"It really flashed on me that I should do something other than just about me. And that’s when I came across the idea of trying to raise money for a cause," Ponce said. 

The organization has a treatment center in San Antonio.  Ponce says his goal is to raise $25,000 to hopefully start a scholarship for people that need to travel to the center.

People can donate Buzz's cause here. If all goes as scheduled, Buzz will be in St. Augustine on July 1.