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