O'Shea pedals across U.S.
on the 'Journey of Hope'

 

Corporate communications major Brian O'Shea, a member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity at Elon, is spending his summer cycling 3,900 miles across the United States in support of people with disabilities.

Brian is among 70 Pi Kappa Phi members from universities across traveling on the 64-day "Journey of Hope." In taking on this journey, these bicycling ambassadors/fundraisers hope to pave the road for a better understanding of people with disabilities.

They began their journey in San Francisco in mid-June, and will complete their route Aug. 16 in Washington, D.C. They are cycling from city to city to spread their message in an inspiring way.

The Journey of Hope is a project of Push America, which was founded by Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity in 1977 with the mission to build leaders of tomorrow by serving people with disabilities today. Its members have raised more than $7 million for Push America since its establishment.

Brian and the rest of the Journey of Hope 2003 team are making dozens of presentations in communities across the nation, helping others to understand the issues facing those with disabilities. After cycling and average of 75 miles each day, team members take part in many special events, often meeting with those for whom they're riding. In addition to raising awareness, the Journey of Hope expects to raise more than $400,000 for future projects and programs of Push America, all of this being raised by the cycling team members and their support crews.

Brian and his team members committed to raising a minimum of $5,000. The route has taken him through grueling summer heat, and many days of riding in temperatures of more than 100 degrees.

Cities large and small are on the route; it will take the riders 11 days to cross Texas. Cities along the way include Las Vegas, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Dallas, Birmingham, Greenville, Atlanta, Charlotte, Greensboro and Manassas.

On one e-mail dispatch from the tour, Brian wrote, "We have all gotten used to the heat ... My bike is holding up well; I had seven flat tires in the last two days; the roads in New Mexico aren't the greatest for bike tires. We are having a great time, the friendship visits (with the disabled) are incredible, and I am learning much about disabilities."

Push America provides a daily diary from the tour, complete with many photographs.
See it at:

http://www.pushamerica.org/ce_schedule.asp?ride_code=joh2003&route_code=south

Anyone interested in "Going the Extra Mile" by making a tax-deductible donation to Push America on behalf of Brian O'Shea should contact him at boshea@elon.edu.

 

 

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