We're biking across the United States to raise money for Gallaudet University's Personal Discovery Program, a 501(c)3 charity. If this is your first visit, please read our welcome page and how you can help page.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

How Can You Help?

There are many ways that you can help us in our endeavor to raise money for the Discovery Program...

-Donate to Gallaudet University Personal Discovery Program. There are several ways you can do this.
1. You can click on the button at the top left of this page (First Giving) and donate directly to Gallaudet via credit card.
2. You can click on our paypal button on the left and donate directly to us. If you use this option, the money will be sent to us. If you would like the money to be given to the Discovery program, let us know, and we will send the money to them. Otherwise, we will use this money for our food and equipment on the trip.
3. You can write a check out to Gallaudet University. In the memo section, write: Personal Discovery, Dana and Heather. Mail it to the address below:
Dana and Heather Arazi
43430 East Florida Avenue F-148
Hemet, CA 92544

This is our mail forwarding service that will forward our mail to us on the trip.

-Spread the word to your family and friends! Refer them to this blog so they can follow along during our trip!

-Sponsor a biker: We estimate it will cost about $1,000.00 to pay for one biker's food, water, and daily needs. If you'd like to sponsor a biker, the money will be given directly to us to use.

-Join us: You are welcome to join us for all or part of the trip! All expenses must be paid by the individual, although we can share our equipment and supplies.

-Publish our story in your school newsletter, organization newsletter, or local newspaper. We would be happy to conduct interviews for an article. Contact us at: bike4d@gmail.com.

-Make a link on your website/weblog/vlog to our blog. The link is: http://www.bike4d.org.

-Blog about us!

-If you are on our route, contact us and offer to host us in your home for a night.

-Send a care package to our mailing points.

-Email our story to your friends, family, and co-workers.

-Ask your employer if they have a "matching gift" program, which will increase the amount that can be donated!

-Kids and school organizations: host a bake sale at your school or event in our honor and send a percentage of your profits to the Discovery program.

-Teachers: talk about our trip with your students. This project can be analyzed in many ways; Math: Estimate a budget for our trip, English/Writing: Write reflections/stories about our experience or what would happen if they decided to bike accross the US, Reading: Read our blog, as well as the many books the chronicle the experiences of touring bicyclists, Social Studies: Chart our route on a map as we travel. There are many more ways to make our trip into an educational one for your students. If your school is located on our route, contact us to see if we can make a stop and meet with your class/school!

-If you are located near our route, cheer us on as we pass your town!

-And many more! If you have an idea or specific way you can help us, feel free to contact us!

Sunday, January 14, 2007


Welcome to our blog! I thought it would be fitting to use this first post to explain how we arrived to the decision to bike accross the United States. During the summer of 2006, Dana started biking and found he really enjoyed it. He told me that he was thinking about biking accross the US. I thought the idea was ridiculous! But the more I thought about it, the more I wanted to join him. But I wanted the trip to be for a cause. That would help to motivate me and keep me going. When I mentioned that we should raise money along the way to help Discovery, he was in total agreement! Discovery is a nonprofit organization at Gallaudet University that hosts workshops and classes to teach personal development, leadership, and teambuilding skills to deaf people. You can read about some of the things this group has done here and here. Dana and I were involved with this group since we first arrived at Gallaudet University in 2000. We have learned so much through the program, and we have seen the impact it can have on people. We hope that the money we raise for the program will help to continue the program and help them purchase new equipment that is badly needed every year. We look forward to this exciting new adventure, and we appreciate your support!