Cyclists Raise $600,000 for People with Disabilities

By: Bill Steckis Email
By: Bill Steckis Email

It's the silver anniversary ride for a group of fraternity brothers in gold. Members of Pi Kappa Phi from colleges throughout the country make a difference.

"I do this because my father has a disability," said Rick Rascon who has been involved with the bike trek since 2009.

Thirty-eight cyclists will push pedals from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. They are a little over half-way through the grueling ride.

"It gets pretty difficult especially the first couple of weeks," said Nick Deucy from George Washington University.

It's a 4,000 mile journey, coast to coast, that takes about two months to complete. If you want to donate to the cause, go to pushamerica.org.

Only one cyclist is from Nebraska. UNL's Christian Jewett is from Blair. He led his biking buddies through his home state.

Bill Steckis: Were they razzing you about all the corn?
"For sure. They were pretty excited about the corn at first, but they got pretty bored looking at it the whole ride," said Jewett.

After the rest of the ride they will have raised a record $600,000.

"When I was younger I helped my church in this way. I do it for people with disabilities through my church and once I joined Pi Kappa Phi and the opportunities to help people I figured this would be a perfect opportunity for me to give back again," said Deucy.

Strong legs push for those who can't.


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