Fraternity rides to raise awareness for disabilities

In 1987, Pi Kappa Phi alumnus Bruce Rogers rode across the country in support of The Ability Experience, a nonprofit organization for people with disabilities. Since then, members of the fraternity throughout the nation have cycled across the country to raise money, awareness and support for the same mission in the Journey of Hope.

This year, WSU’s Pi Kappa Phi chapter’s vice president Jared Mehring is among the men to make the trip. Mehring said he only has three months of cycling experience.

“I wanted to give back,” he said. “I wanted to help people and this was the avenue to do it.”

Mehring is a junior biochemistry major and the only member of Pi Kappa Phi’s chapter at WSU to participate in this year’s fundraiser.

The Journey of Hope is organized by The Ability Experience. Three teams ride to Washington D.C. with different starting destinations: Seattle, San Francisco and Santa Monica.