Christopher Dourov, a Livermore resident and 2012 Granada High graduate attending Arizona State University, is planning on riding his bike across the country to raise money for charity.

The mechanical engineering student is participating in a fundraiser for Push America, an organization that helps improve the lives of people with disabilities. The Journey of Hope ride will start June 1 in San Francisco and end in Washington, D.C. Dourov will ride with a team of 20 cyclists and eight crew members. They will ride more than 4,000 miles total and sometimes 100 miles per day.

While attending Arizona State, Dourov became involved with Push America, which has raised more than $15 million to help people with disabilities. Dourov is a member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, which founded Push America.

The event is intended to bring to the forefront issues people with disabilities face, and was started in 1987 by one member of Pi Kappa Phi riding across the country by himself. There are other teams starting in Los Angeles and Seattle. During the ride, the participants will spread the word about issues affecting people with disabilities and also visit with disabled people at each stop. They will hold activities in each stop, such as dances, events and community service. Dourov's goal is to raise $6,500, and he has already had $4,855 pledged.

Dourov needs people to donate and support Push America's Journey of Hope. To donate, go to http://www.pushamerica.org/journeyofhope.aspx and click on 2014 roster and click on Dourov's name. I will check in with him partway through his journey across the country to see how it goes and keep you all posted.


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Lend a paw: Paws in Need is having their annual yard sale on May 3. They are seeking donations for the sale. Paws In Need serves the Tri-Valley from Livermore to Danville by providing financial assistance for two programs: a spay/neuter program to reduce dog and cat overpopulation and the Just Like New Fund to care for sick or injured pets and community animals when the owners are unable to do so due to financial hardship. To make a donation for the yard sale or for more information, contact Ellen Magnie at ellenmagnie@gmail.com or 510-305-2553.

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