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By Dan Moreland and Brad Harbison

Brothers Bike, a 3,500-mile cross-country trek to raise money for two important causes near and dear to the hearts of Bobby, Raleigh and Dennis Jenkins, owners of ABC Home & Commercial Services based in Austin, Houston and Dallas, respectively, wrapped up in July. The Jenkins brothers’ trip began on May 22 in Anacortes, Wash., and ended on July 13 when they dipped their bicycle tires into the waters of New York Harbor upon arriving at Battery Park in Manhattan.

PCT caught up with the Jenkins brothers during their stop in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 5, approximately 500 miles from their final destination. Throughout the 53-day journey, they traveled 70+ miles per day, followed by Sandy and Chelsea Jenkins in a van carrying their supplies. Sandy is the matriarch of the Jenkins family, who opened the first ABC Home & Commercial Services branch with her husband Bob in 1965. Chelsea, a graduate of Texas A&M University, is Bobby’s daughter. She chronicled the trip on social media, while managing the day-to-day logistics of the cross-country journey.

“It’s been a fabulous experience,” Sandy said in July. “I love watching my children do something they’re passionate about. They’re really good guys.”

“We’re worn out at the end of every single day,” Dennis told PCT, but the brothers were energized by those they met along the way and the “higher calling” of the trip, which was to raise funds for the Moss Pieratt Foundation and A Child’s Hope. “Before they get on their bikes we join hands and pray every morning,” Sandy said. “At the end of the day, we believe we’re serving a higher cause,” Raleigh added. “This is a service ride we have been called to do for SUDC and the children of Haiti.”

Raleigh Jenkins rode in support of A Child’s Hope, a charity he helped create to care for abandoned children in Haiti. Bobby Jenkins cycled in honor of his late grandson, Moss, to help fund the Moss Pieratt Foundation and to create awareness of Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood (SUDC). Dennis Jenkins is supporting both of these charities for children. “Bobby’s wife Jan said it best,” Dennis said. “It’s about parents who have lost children and children who have lost parents.”

All proceeds from the brothers’ cross-country trek will go to A Child’s Hope and the Moss Pieratt Foundation. Donate here.

The authors are publisher and managing editor of PCT, respectively.