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Journey of Hope cyclists stop in Hagerstown

August 31, 2006

The Journey of Hope team of bicyclists made its annual stopover Aug. 10 at the Potomac Center on Marshall Street in Hagerstown.

For the 17th consecutive year, the center has provided overnight accommodations for the North Team members as they make their way to Washington, D.C., their final destination.

The 28 cyclists had a picnic dinner, and spent the evening visiting and socializing with residents and support staff at the center. The team left early the following morning to complete the last leg of its journey to raise awareness on behalf of people with disabilities.

Journey of Hope is a cross-country bicycle event sponsored by PUSH (People Understanding the Severely Handicapped) AMERICA.

PUSH AMERICA is the national outreach project of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity to help promote the abilities of people with disabilities. Team members raise more than $500,000 per year on behalf of people with disabilities, and have reached more than 50 million people through media and special events, according to a press release.

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The 2006 Journey of Hope consisted of three teams: North and South teams, and Trans America team. The North and South teams left San Francisco on June 10 to begin their journey across America, and the Trans America team left Florence, Ore., on June 3.

The Potomac Center is accredited by The Council on Quality and Leadership. It is a state-supported facility under the jurisdiction of the Developmental Disabilities Administration, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

The Potomac Center serves 46 people with physical and/or mental disabilities. The primary goal of the center is to improve the quality of life for each person, and for each person to attain his or her personal goals and desires.

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