The Bike Ride For Empathy

$1,645 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 34 people in 3 months
Steve Garufi  TRINIDAD, CO

My name is Steve Garufi, a hiker, bicyclist, mental health therapist and "Colorado poster child" who will be riding my bicycle across America. I'll begin on February 9, 2017 in San Diego, California and will finish in Titusville, Florida sometime in late March.

I named this trip the Bike Ride For Empathy. The word "empathy" is a common term used in my field of mental health & counseling -- and I am promoting this as a core value for us as individuals and society. I plan to answer common questions like "What is empathy?" and "How can one be more empathic towards others?" with the hope of doing interviews with newspapers and radio stations in towns I ride through.

You can read more about empathy on my trip website: www.bicycletrip.net

Also, you are welcome to track me on my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/bikerideforempathy.

Along with promoting themes of empathy, I have three charities I'm supporting. You are welcome to read up about them here:  www.bicycletrip.net/charities.htm

Now... I created this page for those who want to financially support me and help out with my own expenses for this trip. If you give even just $1, I'll put your name on the "Team Garufi" list: www.bicycletrip.net/sponsor.htm. :)

My largest expense will be finding the cheapest motels and/or airb&b's I can find most nights. Other expenses include food, things for the bicycle (including maintenance and repairs, if needed), and buying a plane ticket to fly back to Colorado once I get to Florida. You can give right now in January, or you can give during the trip in February and March.

To anyone who gives, I want to give a HUGE "thank you." I don't want this trip to be "all about me." By all means, I want to encourage and inspire you with whatever wild and crazy dreams God has given you. :) If you don't have much money, don't worry about giving. In fact, your friendship and encouragement is more than enough. You will be with me in spirit. I love you. -Steve Garufi

 

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Dominic Proccacino
1 month ago

Now that you're getting into Texas, Steve, you could thank your benefactors with the words "Muchissima Grass and Astroturf". You're seeing more-and-more grass and the astroturf's in Houston. I'd give to you a small amount of money but I don't know how to get money out of south Florida. Maybe next time!

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Janet Crisler Jenkins
2 months ago

Have a blessed rest day Steve!! We love you, keep pushing!!

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$1,645 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 34 people in 3 months
Created January 4, 2017
LS
$25
Larry Sosa
26 days ago
LC
$25
Lois Crew
29 days ago

Really enjoyed meeting you today Steve. Have a safe trip!

NL
$25
Nicholas Lundberg
1 month ago

Now that you are in Louisiana, as Creedence Clearwater Revival sang so long ago on the Bayou Country album........Keep on Chooglin'

$5
Anthony Fallon
1 month ago

Best of luck man this is epic!

LJ
$50
Laur Janca
1 month ago

Godspeed Steve... I see another book in the making: Three's a charm!

SM
$15
Sam Melwani
1 month ago
MK
$452
Mike Kindle
1 month ago

Steve, you are awesome...and you are right about Louisiana!!!

HK
$25
Harry Konen
1 month ago

In thanks for all the hiking info in the Buena Vista/Fairplay/Leadville areas that I have gleaned from your web pages.

$25
Annette Kovar
1 month ago

Good Luck on the rest of your ride! It's so much fun following your progress! Watch out for those 18 wheelers and stay safe!

CS
$25
Chris & Linda Scovotti
1 month ago

Good luck Steve. Safe trip from cousin Chris & Linda Scovotti

Dominic Proccacino
1 month ago

Now that you're getting into Texas, Steve, you could thank your benefactors with the words "Muchissima Grass and Astroturf". You're seeing more-and-more grass and the astroturf's in Houston. I'd give to you a small amount of money but I don't know how to get money out of south Florida. Maybe next time!

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Janet Crisler Jenkins
2 months ago

Have a blessed rest day Steve!! We love you, keep pushing!!

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