Journey of Hope riders stop in Grand Island

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Journey of Hope made Grand Island a stop on Monday during their over 4,000 mile bike ride across the country. The 63 day trip is meant to raise awareness for problems people with disabilities can face.

Journey of Hope cyclists meet with member of the Arc of Central Nebraska. (Credit: Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)

The 22 cyclists are part of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, who has sent brothers on this trip every year for 27 years. They start in San Francisco and ride their bikes to Washington D.C.

Throughout the trip they stop and visit groups for people with disabilities in what they call friendship visits.

"Of all the friendship visits, what I am constantly reminded of is the constant joy that people with disabilities have in their lives," Cyclist Brandon Dill said. "They face a lot of challenges and difficulties than most people, I'd say. We take a lot of things for granted. So just being able to hang out with people and celebrate the ability of life is pretty sweet. "

This is the first year Brandon Dill participated in the Journey of Hope. He says he does to help people with disabilities, like his sister.

"I want to help her in any way I can and to help people with disabilities," Dill said. "I know how difficult sometimes it can be so I think it's so important. She's really grateful for it. She calls me every now and then and tells me how much she supports me."

The Journey of Hope has made such an impression on G.I. that Mayor Roger Steele proclaimed July 8th as Journey of Hope day.