I'm bursting with pride with right now.
Quick backstory: I biked to Florida with four other Rutgers students in the summer of 2013 to raise money for the non-medical needs of pediatric cancer patients. Fast forward a few years and now I'm helping other students "live the dream" while raising money for other New Jersey-based nonprofit organizations.
But this blog post isn't about me. It's about the five students who individually joined The Dream Project over the course of this past year with the determination to take on this challenge and the perseverance to see it through. It takes a certain type of person to answer this type of call for adventure. You need to be courageous, kind-hearted, capable, and (a little crazy) to think that a month of living out of a van while biking through a summer in the south sounds like a good idea. Thankfully this Dream Team- Alex, Hope, Max, Nia, and Sakib- has all of that and more.
Just yesterday the five of them tackled relentless rain, bitter cold, navigational challenges, urban streets, and bike malfunctions- all in the first sixty miles of the trip. When they met me at Temple University yesterday I could sense that beneath the weariness their was a glimmer of pride in their eyes. The reality of what they had signed up for was starting to sink in- for all of us. The riders that I biked out of New Brunswick with on Saturday morning were not the same riders I said goodbye to in Philadelphia Sunday afternoon. In just about 36 hours, they've have started to embrace their new circumstances- eat, sleep, bike, fundraise, repeat- with confidence and self-assuredness.
My heart is so full right now and I cannot wait to see how this month unfolds as these riders set out to chase their Dreams.