For the twelfth year in a row, Biking for Babies sent out young adults from all sides of the country to spread awareness and fundraise for non-profit medical clinics and pregnancy resource centers in America, including Vida Medical Clinic and Support Services in Appleton.
Biking for Babies is a national non-profit organization dedicated to renewing a culture of life one pedal stroke and one pregnancy resource center at a time, and this year, two young adults – Rob Reynebeau and Beth Knapinski – from northeast Wisconsin were paired with Vida as 2021 Biking for Babies missionary riding partners.
Rob, a second-year missionary rider from Green Bay, and Beth, a first-year rider from Neenah, learned more about the services provided and people served by Vida; raised funds for the organization; prayed for organization, clients, and staff intentions; trained for months; and shared the details of the clinics’ or centers’ primary mission to provide free support and resources to the women and families who come through their doors.
These efforts and mission culminated in 600-mile national group bike ride with other Biking for Babies missionaries from across the country the week of July 11-17. Rob rode with missionaries on the eastern route (which started in Columbus, Ohio, and ended in St. Louis, Missouri,) and Beth ride with the northern route (which started in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and ended in St. Louis, Missouri.) Two other routes – a southern route starting in Mississippi and a western route starting in Colorado – also ended in St. Louis on July 17, where all four routes met up for the Celebration of Life event with supporters, family members, and the local community.
Biking for Babies was founded in 2009 when two young men, Mike Schaefer and Jimmy Becker, followed their passion to make supporting women and men in unplanned pregnancies more accessible to young people, and the organization has grown in scope and impact ever since. The organization has formed more than 85 missionaries and fundraised/donated more than one million dollars for pregnancy resource centers and life-affirming medical clinics since its founding.