Andersen found inspiration for his journey from his friend Natalie Fung, who was injured in 2013 when she was hit by a drunk driver. He hopes to raise $1 for every mile he rides and is donating to United Spinal Association.
Andersen chose United Spinal after doing extensive research and seeing the breadth of its efforts. "They have a great network and they impact a lot of people," he said.
The cross-continent ride has been a lifelong dream for Andersen. His uncle, Brett Andersen, set a Guinness World Record for accomplishing the same feat in 1986.
"I asked myself, 'What am I good at?' Well, I'm pretty good at biking," recalled Andersen.
"I thought, my uncle did this trip, which I would like to replicate, and I've got a great cause I'm passionate about," he added.
Andersen, who earned a bachelor's degree in architecture from the University of Southern California, embarked on August 24th in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Andersen is making progress, stopping along the same route his uncle took to share his message of awareness and the work of United Spinal.
"It's going really well and if I can reach this goal of 20K, Natalie, the SCI community and I would be so grateful. Together, we can help change thousands of lives," said Andersen.
For more information about Ian's journey, visit his website at www.ridewithian.com. His adventure can be followed on instagram.com/ridewithian, where Ian is posting one photo each day.
If you would to make a donation, visit www.gofundme.com/BikeTrek, all proceeds will go to United Spinal Association.
About United Spinal Association
United Spinal is a national 501(c) (3) nonprofit membership organization formed in 1946 by paralyzed veterans and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Americans with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), including multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, ALS and post-polio. It played a significant role in writing the Americans with Disabilities Act, and made important contributions to the Fair Housing Amendments Act and the Air Carrier Access Act. Membership is free and is open to all individuals with SCI/D. United Spinal was instrumental in getting New York City to create sidewalk curb ramps and accessible public transportation that has been used as a model for many United States cities.
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