The Journey of Hope TransAmerica team made a stop at Morehead's Horizon Village Tuesday.

The 30 cyclists who visited Horizon Village were one of three Journey of Hope teams.

Journey of Hope is a program of The Ability Experience, the national philanthropy of Pi Kappa Phi that raises funds and awareness for people with disabilities.

Formerly Push America, The Ability Experience has raised over $15 million in its 40-year history.

The bicyclists arrived in Morehead after a 65-mile ride from Lexington.

Beginning in Seattle, the team has traveled for nearly 60 days and over 4,000 miles.

The trip will conclude in Washington, D.C.

“Being a part of the Journey of Hope is huge for me,” said Jacob Beale, Appalachian State Pi Kappa Phi member. “The opportunity to travel across the country and spread awareness for people with disabilities is the best way I can spend my summer.”

Throughout the ride, cyclists stop in various cities to participate in “friendship visits” with those with disabilities living in assisted living facilities.

“My favorite part of Journey of Hope is spending time with people at friendship visits and giving me a great new perspective on life,” Beale said.

The residents at Horizon Village enjoyed visiting with the cyclists as well.

“It meant a lot to the clients to have the Ability Experience TransAmerica team visit us at Horizon,” said Micah Dowdy, Pi Kappa Phi ambassador and spokesperson for Horizon Village residents.

“I had a great time showing them the group home and showing them the apartment, too,” she added. “We are looking forward to next year.”

The Morehead State University chapter of Pi Kappa Phi works each semester with Horizon Village's residents, providing programming and entertainment.

For more information about the program, visit www.abilityexperience.org

Megan Smedley can be reached at msmedley@themoreheadnews.com or by telephone at 784-4116.

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