After getting the much needed help (twelve years later) at Santa Barbara City College, I decided to do this ride to make sure kids would not have to struggle like I did. So with $750 in my pocket, my gear, my bike and a letter of support from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger The Governor's letter wasI started my trek. The letter helped me raise crucial support during my journey. I was able to procure lodging and meals by showing the letter and explaining my cause. It took me 7 months to ride a little over 10,000 miles, which took me through 34 different states. As I rode around the perimeter of the United States, I met with thirteen different kids with learning disabilities. After three days trying to get on the Today Show in New York, I finally got on. There was such a huge fan base on the spot they aired I was able to acquire enough funds to support my cause for the last leg of the trip (half way point). After the spot the donations totaled about $850 which was more than what I started with and much needed. I was ready to give up but was rejuvenated when the pledges started rolling in Thanks to “The Today Show”. I met Katie Couric who basically got me on the show. Matt Lauer helped video my interview with Al Roker, and Ann Curry was also very helpful. I started with this project because I suffer with dyslexia and want to help as many kids with learning disabilities as possible.
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