Lake Forest High School grad finds his calling helping those with disabilities.
Peter Bassick would have spent this summer gaining experience preparing for his future in the workplace. Instead, the Lake Forest High School graduate has spent this summer cycling, experiencing the world in a way that has reshaped how he will live his life. Since leaving from San Francisco on June 3, the Lake Forest resident has been cycling with his national fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi, in riding across the country to raise money for people with disabilities. Push America was formed by members of the fraternity in 1977 for that sole purpose, and this year the goal is to raise $325,000. Bassick knew cycling 75 to 85 miles a day, for seven straight days before a day off, would push him physically. But the impact went deeper to where his …
Lake Forest's Peter Bassick rides to raise money for kids with disabilities.
- LOCAL CONNECTIONS
Friday, June 15, 2012
Peter Bassick decided to take a bike ride on June 3. A 4,000-mile bike ride. The Lake Forest resident, who is a senior mechnical engineering major at Purdue University, has joined 29 members of his national fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi, in riding across the country to raise money for kids with disabilities. But it doesn't end with just cycling. On a typical day, Bassick and his team ride their bikes between 75 to 115 miles. Once they arrive at their destination, they begin community service with disabled kids for the balance of the day. "It's not about me" said Bassick of the challenge, "it's about reaching out to thousands of people with disabilities along the way, and striving to spread our message of acceptance and understanding to more …