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.
Larry & Pj Davis Jaymin D. Patel Danny Redmon Josh & Lori Heil Jeremy and Stacey Kincaid Randy & Patty Heil Chris & Genevieve Decker Remon Ginsburg David Jacobson Family Nico & Corinna Rich & Jane Bireta Kenneth & Ruth Stoner David Henkel Jens Humrich Matt Matheny Steve & Janet Serbus Margaret Bayer Simeon Platte Marilyn Bailey Tim Baird John & Isla Andrick Zandra Myrick VeliAd Linda Parker Elmar Brosinsky Matthew & Lindsey Deaver Craig Van Blaricum Tim Bradley and Allison Hall Lynn & Judy Huerter Karen & David Bireta Dan McNeill & Phoebe Tse Nintendo 64 Bud & Beth Weiler Stephan Hähne Christoph Nachtigäller André Lißner Mrs. Whittemore Frank Weilandt John Sheu Timo Röver Lindsay Larson Paul Epp Edward & Bonnie Redmon Konrad Kerz Malte & Mareike David Maulat Brent Paulger Aaron & Kristin Huerter Dennis Cooley Amanda & Amber Donaldson Albert & Betty Kutzke Lloyd & Dorothy Redmon David & Dan Dan Gaus Rick & Cindy Slocum Karlene Gayler Andy Wolf & Stacie Adams Jean Serbus Eric Caughey Shaun Honeycutt Laura Serbus Maru & Sunyoung Kim Jan Andrick Logan Smith April Serbus Dean & Andi Burger Nick Guinan Jack Porter & Marian Hukle Samantha Reinblatt Galen & Karen Van Blaricum Greta Elsbernd