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