In 1987 Bruce Rogers took it upon himself to spread the word of Push America by cycling across America. What he didn’t know at that time is that his efforts would be repeated every year by more and more Pi Kappa Phis, making The Journey of Hope one of the largest events sponsored by Push America. Today this journey is comprised of about 90 cyclists on three unique routes, cycling over 12,000 miles combined. The Journey of Hope is a cross country bicycle trek beginning in San Francisco or Seattle, and ending together 9 weeks later in Washington DC.
Along the way, each team reaches out to communities through newspapers, radio, and television, reaching millions of people each year to talk about the abilities of people with disabilities. After an average day of 75 miles, you won’t find the team members resting or preparing for the next day. You may, however, find them dancing at a friendship visit with a local group that supports people with disabilities, or participating in a game of wheelchair basketball. You may find them being interviewed by a local media station, as the Mayor declares it to be Push America Day. You may also find the team members performing a puppet show to teach children about the abilities of people with disabilities.
Each cyclist has pledged to raise a minimum of $5,000 for Push America, and each crew member $2,500, before the Journey begins. As a team, the Journey of Hope raises over $500,000 each year for Push America. This money goes directly back into Push America to fund the many building projects, and community outreach programs it organizes each year. I have pledged to go above the minimum goal, by pledging to raise $8,000 by the time we hit the road next summer, but I can’t do it without you! Please visit the “Donate” link at the top to see how you can help.
Video from the 2002 ride
I was a crew member on this ride. If you look closely during the opening speech, you can see a much younger me (with a lot more hair) in the background.
Greta Elsbernd Edward & Bonnie Redmon David Henkel Nintendo 64 Timo Röver Jean Serbus Paul Epp Chris & Genevieve Decker Laura Serbus Simeon Platte Lloyd & Dorothy Redmon VeliAd Eric Caughey Dean & Andi Burger Craig Van Blaricum Bud & Beth Weiler Elmar Brosinsky Karlene Gayler April Serbus André Lißner Mrs. Whittemore Aaron & Kristin Huerter Jeremy and Stacey Kincaid Randy & Patty Heil Larry & Pj Davis Kenneth & Ruth Stoner Amanda & Amber Donaldson Nick Guinan Frank Weilandt Malte & Mareike Jan Andrick Konrad Kerz Dan McNeill & Phoebe Tse Logan Smith Lindsay Larson Samantha Reinblatt Shaun Honeycutt Linda Parker Remon Ginsburg David Jacobson Family Maru & Sunyoung Kim Karen & David Bireta David & Dan Dan Gaus Albert & Betty Kutzke Jens Humrich Christoph Nachtigäller Nico & Corinna David Maulat John & Isla Andrick Stephan Hähne Rick & Cindy Slocum Rich & Jane Bireta Lynn & Judy Huerter Jaymin D. Patel Zandra Myrick Tim Bradley and Allison Hall Tim Baird Andy Wolf & Stacie Adams Danny Redmon Galen & Karen Van Blaricum Dennis Cooley Margaret Bayer John Sheu Brent Paulger Matthew & Lindsey Deaver Matt Matheny Marilyn Bailey Josh & Lori Heil Jack Porter & Marian Hukle Steve & Janet Serbus