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