COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — “Every time we are meeting new people, all the people that we’re trying to help, they’re always in very high spirits, they’re always really happy, they’re constantly smiling,” said Michael Batres, a cyclist and mentor with The Ability Experience.
Brothers of the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity are doing more than just cycling.
They’re raising both funds and awareness for people with disabilities.
“Just looking at a person as an individual instead of whatever difference they may have and just sort of seeing that being able to interact with them and support them, despite that,” said Evan Camejo, public relations coordinator for the Journey of Hope with the Ability Experience.
It’s part of the fraternity’s nonprofit, The Ability Experience’s Journey of Hope: a ride that takes them from Seattle, Washington, all the way to Washington D.C.
“I think it’s just something that helps you put life in perspective. Like being able to enjoy the simple things and know what truly matters, like being around other people and building those relationships,” Batres said.
Friday, these brothers stopped in Colorado Springs to meet with people from Stellar Care and Services.
With an average cycle of 75 miles per day in this 4,200-mile journey, many say this is a challenging, yet inspiring experience.
“Being able to show your love and have your presence felt with other people, I think is the most important thing about this trip,” Batres said.
The fraternity plans to be at their final destination in Washington D.C. on August 8.
The goal is to raise $600,000 by the end of their trip.