SACRAMENTO -- If pain could be measured in miles, then Glenn Offerman's bicycle ride from Iowa to Sacramento will be worth every minute.
“If something were to happen and I didn’t seize this opportunity to come see her, that would be a regret that I wouldn’t want to live with," he told FOX40 during the home stretch of his journey.
Glenn's sister, Mandie, is in remission. She says it's frustrating that her cancer keeps coming up in conversation.
"You don't have to be all like, 'How are you feeling?' you know?" she said. "When I finish that last round of chemo, I want to say goodbye to it, to all of it, and be done. Entirely."
Glenn's ride, lasting more than 1,500 miles, was a surprise to Mandie. He didn't run the idea past her first.
"She's kind of mad at me," he said.
"I kind of yelled at him," she said.
Glenn said his cross-country ride to Mandie's Midtown Sacramento apartment is so he could feel what his sister feels -- to stare down a seemingly endless road and get to the other side in one piece.
"To push myself as hard as possible, to a breaking point," Glenn told FOX40. "So that I could, see even the smallest glimpse of how she sees life.”
Mandie says she doesn't think, deep down, that the ride was for her. It's a road they've both been down before with their brother Mark. Mark also fought cancer, but died after having complications with chemotherapy.
"I didn’t get a chance to spend a lot of time with my brother Mark before he died, and it's always bothered me," Glenn said. "And now Mandie's sick."
When Mandie heard what Glenn was planning, with no training, she had her doubts.
"I was like, 'Yeah, sure, text me when you get on that bike,'" she said.
When she saw him posting pictures along his journey and wearing little safety gear, it made her a nervous wreck.
"When he got to Nebraska, I think I really felt, I knew. I didn’t have a doubt that he would, he’s gonna make it here on that bike. And it think it’s the most amazing thing,” she told FOX40.
Four weeks, 20 pounds and about 10 shades of tan later, Glenn got to visit his sister.
Glenn was also trying to raise $5,000 to deliver to his sister when he arrived in Midtown. He fell a little short of that goal.
He raised about $1,500 just by telling people he met along the way about his journey.
But if you'd like to donate, you can do so HERE. Any money raised over the $5,000 will go to the lymphoma research foundation.