Bike2Believe exemplifies servant leadership: U-Mary student athlete will
The Bike2Believe Team of Joe Berger (right) Devin Coyle (middle) and Brock Schauer (left) get in some stationary bike training while being filmed by The Creative Treatment (far left) video production company.
University of Mary student athlete Joe Berger is one of three men who will bike across America this summer with the aim of raising $500,000 for cancer causes.
The three - Berger, a student at U-Mary's Tharaldson School of Business, along with Brock Schauer and Devin Coyle, all Mandan natives, are currently fundraising for their project, which is called Bike2Believe. The donations they receive will be divided between the Bismarck Cancer Center Foundation and the American Cancer Society.
Berger, Coyle and Schauer will bike from North Dakota to Florida this summer. The three will set out May 31 for the 2,500-mile-trek, starting from Bismarck and ending in St. Petersburg, Fla. The route will take them through Fargo, Minneapolis and Rochester, Minn.; Madison and Milwaukee, Wis.; Chicago, Indianapolis, Louisville, Ky.; Nashville, Tenn., and Atlanta, before reaching St. Petersburg.
By riding 60 to 70 miles a day, they estimate they can reach their destination in 60 days. Along the road, plan to blog and take video and photos of their progress. They will also stop at a dozen hospitals along the route to visit with people with cancer and hear their stories.
"The guys are doing a phenomenal job," said Jill LaMont-Goetz, Community Relations Manager for the American Cancer Society in Mandan. "They have undertaken a big challenge and they have the full support of both the society and foundation," she said. Potential donors have been really impressed by their dedication and preparation, she said.
Meanwhile, they're training hard. Berger, who runs track and field for U-Mary, has been working the stationary bike this winter. Coyle, a business major at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, plays football, so he lifts weights, runs daily and bikes about 12 miles a day. Schauer works out on his stationary bike, takes spin classes, and is adding more cardio and running to his routine.
To date, they have raised nearly $30,000 and enlisted the support of North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple and North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. They've already received monetary donations, as well as equipment, supplies and support from a number of local businesses.
The three were optimistic from the start. "We thought it would take off," Coyle said. Berger said that countless time since the plan got underway, he has experienced what he called "God winks," fortuitous moments that encouraged him that they were on the right track. "To make an impact, you have to believe," Berger said.
For more information about Bike2Believe, call 701-202-0354 or email [email protected] To donate, visit www.bike2believe.org/donate.