Cross-Country Cyclists Raise Awareness for Special-Needs Children
By Hook Law Center
The women bicycled 1,500 miles through nine states and over two dozen cities, pedaling through sweltering summer afternoons and drenching rains for the first-ever women’s Bike 4 Friendship. Men’s cross-country Bike 4 Friendship trips were held in 2011 and 2012, and a third is currently underway.
The events are organized by The Friendship Circle, a Jewish organization for special-needs children and families with 79 locations around the world.
The cyclists set out on June 30, 2013, from Friendship Circle of Miami in Pinecrest, Fla. At 10 a.m., Pinecrest mayor Cindy Lerner cut the starting-line ribbon, and the cyclists began their journey. Lerner also issued a proclamation naming June 30 “Bike 4 Friendship Day.”
Before the cyclists set foot to pedal, the event had already raised $100,000. The trip was scheduled to end on July 28 in Manhattan’s Upper West Side.
Special-needs children face huge challenges in dealing with aspects of daily life that many of us take for granted. Community resources like The Friendship Circle are indispensable. It is difficult to overstate the benefits that children and families can receive from networking and socializing with others who face similar challenges.
Individuals who go to such great lengths to raise funds and awareness for special-needs children deserve great respect. Their selfless actions do a great deal for struggling families.