The Bike Ride For Empathy

$848 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 21 people in 1 month
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:

Also, you are welcome to track me on my Facebook page:

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

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: :)

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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$848 of $1,500 goal

Raised by 21 people in 1 month
Created January 4, 2017
Eva Merrill
2 days ago
Erik Digre
2 days ago

New gloves, yo.

Broch Sage
6 days ago

Have a safe trip Steve.

George Marshall
8 days ago
Margo Michaelson
8 days ago

So excited for you Steve! You're such an inspiration. Just ordered the book - I know slack aren't I. Stay safe and have fun!

Elana Rogers
13 days ago

I'm giving you $33 with this being your 3rd trip! ;-) Way to go STEVE!!

Patrice Wullschleger
14 days ago

Good luck Steve!

Mike Kosunick
14 days ago

You inspire me. Thank you for posting your progress, I hope to meet you someday.

Jeff Bassill
14 days ago

I enjoy reading your journal entries along the way. Be safe and keep us up to date on your progress.

Ray Garson
16 days ago

All the best Steve, enjoy a meal on me!

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