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Submitted photo/ Seymour native and Purdue University student Colin Aker is about to embark on the Journey of Hope cross-country bicycle trek.


Submitted photo/ Seymour native and Purdue University student Colin Aker is about to embark on the Journey of Hope cross-country bicycle trek.


One of Colin Aker’s Pi Kappa Phi fraternity brothers at Purdue University told him about the Journey of Hope cross-country bicycle trek, and he was inspired.

“He said it was literally the best experience of his life and it changed him as a person,” said Aker, 22, a 2009 graduate of Seymour High School. “He always says the best summer of his life was riding into Washington, D.C., with 100 guys on their bikes.”

He also talked to two other fraternity brothers who experienced Journey of Hope.

“They were doing a ride around this lake, and one of the members of the center (for disabled people) asked him to ride around with him, and he kept going, ‘One more, one more,’” Aker said. “Another guy last summer was on a paddle boat with somebody, and he remembers sitting out there on the lake with them, talking to them, and it just really hit what we’re doing this for and who we’re helping out.”

 

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