Notre Dame dean, wife end cross-country bike ride

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South Bend - University of Notre Dame science Dean Gregory Crawford and his wife Renate have finished a 2,300-mile bike ride to raise money for medical research.

The Crawfords rode into a pep rally Monday on their return to the South Bend campus, greeted by the Notre Dame Marching Band, cheerleaders and hundreds of supporters.

The monthlong trip began in Tucson, Ariz. It was in support of the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation, which aids research on Niemann-Pick Type C disease.

The genetic condition lets harmful fat accumulate in the liver, spleen, lungs and brain.

The South Bend Tribune reports the 87-year-old Parseghian told the crowd the foundation is making great progress. He coached the Fighting Irish's football team in 1964-74.

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