A Tennessee father whose 4-year-old daughter is facing years of treatment for a spinal deformity has biked more than 1,100 miles to raise funds for the Shriners Hospitals for Children system that's treating her.
Graysen Nightingale received a diagnosis of infantile idiopathic scoliosis last year. The condition causes an abnormal curvature of the spine. Frustrated with treatment options close to their home in Chattanooga, Tenn., her parents, John and Susan, brought her to the Shriners hospital in Greenville, S.C.
And now they want to give back.
The first leg of John Nightingale's journey will cover nearly 1,900 miles with stops at seven Shriners hospitals over 45 days from Greenville to Boston. He ultimately plans to visit 20 hospitals in the U.S. and Canada.