Jason R. Tirado Memorial Grant
Jason Tirado, Zeta Epsilon Chapter at George Mason University, passed away on April 30, 2000, from a fall during a hiking trip with friends in the North Carolina mountains. Jason was a Journey of Hope cyclist in 1999 and was spending the 2000 spring semester as Gear Up Florida project manager. He impacted the lives of hundreds during his time with The Ability Experience.
The Jason R. Tirado Memorial Grant provides an annual grant to an organization, voted on by the team, that made the greatest impact on members along the Journey of Hope North route.
Jason R. Tirado Memorial Grant Recipients
Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the Eisenhower Center is a residential rehabilitation facility that focuses on Traumatic Brain Injury. They are licensed by the states of Michigan and Florida to care for individuals eighteen years of age or older.
Todd J. Porterfield Memorial Grant
Todd Porterfield, Alpha Delta Chapter at the University of Washington, passed away on August 7, 2000. Todd was cycling with the Journey of Hope South team and was struck by a car in Lexington, N.C. Todd leaves a long legacy of compassion, brotherhood, dedication and selfless giving.
The Todd J. Porterfield Memorial Grant provides an annual grant to an organization, voted on by the team, that made the greatest impact on members along the Journey of Hope South route.
Todd J. Porterfield Memorial Grant Recipients:
Every Ability Plays Project supports Inclusive Play with a goal of making sure every playground in Albuquerque, New Mexico has accessible equipment for children with disabilities. Founder, Tonya Rivera has cerebral palsy and believes everyone should have an accessible playground. Her story is incredible! Tonya wants to share her message of love and acceptance for people of all abilities by giving them parks where children of all abilities can interact with one another at a very early age through play.
Rogers Family Honorary Grant
Bruce Rogers, Chi Chapter at Stetson University, was the inspiration for Journey of Hope in 1987. He was the first to cycle from the Pacific Northwest to the east coast in order to raise funds and awareness for the organization.
He now lives in Evergreen, CO with his family. Bruce and Sally, his wife, are still very involved with the mission and work of The Ability Experience. Bruce is a major corporate sponsor and regularly does ride-a-longs with the Journey of Hope teams.
ROGERS FAMILY HONORARY GRANT RECIPIENTS:
The City of Fort Collins Recreation Division provides equal and quality recreation for community members with disabilities. Adaptive Recreation Opportunities (ARO) strives to ensure that people with disabilities have the necessary accommodations or support to participate in any recreation program at their highest level of independence.