Journey of Hope Cyclists Stop in Charlottesville

July 30, 2014

A team of cyclists riding across the country stopped in Charlottesville Wednesday.

The Journey of Hope is a 4,000 mile cycling trip to raise money and awareness for people with disabilities.

Everywhere the cyclists stop, they have a "friendship visit" with a group of disabled people. Today's visit was at the Arc of the Piedmont.

The cyclists say these stops are important in drawing attention to people who are generally overlooked by society.

"Folks with developmental and intellectual disabilities live among us and are in our communities and a lot of times go unnoticed and unrecognized,” says John Santoski, executive director. “These folks are trying to heighten that awareness and let us all know that were part of the greater community."

The team started in Seattle, Washington and will end their trip in Washington DC.

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