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Spencer Munro’s Journey of Hope Begins by Meagan Cole


Spencer Munro’s Journey of Hope Begins

Meagan Cole

Imagine the hot summer sun beating down across your brow as you pant and sweat, and the asphalt ahead of you seems to be flickering like the invisible flames roasting you from the seat of the bicycle up. Maybe, you’re in on your way across the desert of Arizona, while another brother is feeling the opposite; the cold sinks in and perspiring feels like you just jumped into the iciest lake off the coast of Wisconsin no matter how many extra thermal layers you pile on. Then, you begin to wonder, why would anyone want to spend a summer in such conditions? Spencer Munro, a Senior Psychology major, has the answer…

“PUSH is the philanthropy of Pi Kappa Phi. This non-profit organization was founding in 1977 and aims at serving people with disabilities. One main way this is done is by building handicap accessible play units. As time progressed, so did its means of helping people. Journey of Hope is an example of that.” As a member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, Spencer has chosen to give back to the community at a national level through Journey of Hope.

Journey of Hope is a bicycling trip across the United States sponsored by Pi Kappa Phi’s PUSH for America to raise awareness for those with disabilities. From San Fransisco to Washington DC, there are a total of three legs with several universities participating; some will travel through the northern states while others tackle the South and more hit everything in between. An average of 80 miles a day is their goal while continuing to spread their cause, meeting up with multiple organizations along the way.

“I’m excited about this Journey.” Despite the rigor that ahead, Spencer remains optimistic and knows what really matters, “I can’t wait to see this country from sea to sea. As cliché as it is to say, this event really is about the journey which I know, with my brothers and the countless people I will meet along the way, will be the journey of a lifetime.”

Spencer plans to make his trip during the summer of 2014, but he still has a lot of work to do, “In the coming months, I will be doing a variety of fundraising events. One of these is a 12 hour stationary bike-a-thon.”

Other Pi Kappa Phi brothers will be involved through their philanthropy with PUSH America, but anyone can help in a multitude of ways. Spencer says, “In order for me to do Journey of Hope, I need to raise a minimum of $5,500 by the end of the spring semester. As of right now, we have raised $1,000 in just a month. All donations, big or small, really do go a long way. The more we raise the better grants we will be able to give out.”

If you’re interested in donating to the cause, go to this link: http://support.pushamerica.org/site/TR?px=1118594&fr_id=1310&pg=personal. Every penny counts!