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"Journey of Hope" stops in Jackson

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The Americans with Disabilities Act is 20 years old this year, but the fight for awareness continues. This summer, three teams of cyclists are taking that message across the country, one mile at a time.

"Journey of Hope" stopped off in Jackson Saturday. The team of 25 cyclists started off in San Francisco on June 13. Since then, they've pedaled about 75 miles every day, racking up close to 3,000 miles. Their goal is to reach Washington, D.C.

Each biker has raised a minimum of $5,000 on behalf of disabled citizens.

U.S.M. student Zach Wilcox is one of them. "I think everyone on our trip has grown up a lot, learned a lot about ourselves," Wilcox says. "I never ever thought I'd ride a bike up a mountain, or this many miles. You physically get drained, we're constantly on the road, it's a lot of mental toughness."

All of the cyclists are members of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. Altogether, the three teams have raised almost $.5 million.

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