People are known to perform amazing actions in order to raise awareness for a cause they care for deeply. But not everyone is willing to get on a bike for two months and cross the whole United States. This is exactly what Brennan Besser has set out to do.
The 21-year-old college student hopped on a bike in Seattle on May 16, 2018 to embark on his cross-country bike ride. On July 18, 2018 he will end his journey in New York. At the end of the journey Besser will have completed approximately 3,400 miles.
Besser is currently known for being a basketball walk-on at Duke Univeristy. Instead of working out and practicing his basketball skills over the summer, Besser is biking along side his older sister who, Rachel Besser (following the journey not on bicycle), to benefit their non-profit, Walk On America. The non-profit foundation was created to raise awareness to support the Intellectual and Development Disability (IDD) community.
The Bessers where inspired by the challenges that their sister, Jacqueline, faces every day. She is non-verbal and uses an iPad in order to communicate with others. On their website the siblings share that their mission is “to shine a light on the countless other people in the IDD community who, like Jacqueline, rely on family, friends, and various organizations to champion them, too.”
Recently CBS Chicago interviewed Bessar on one of his stops. He shared his story and also told them ““I know I will be doing things to help other sectors of the American population experiencing difficulties. It’s daunting, at times, but I am trying to do as much as I can. I try to shock people, try to do establish the kind of person I am,”
The Besser’s are an example of how family can be united and fight for awareness. We wish Besser safe travels!