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  • In the past eight years, Brother Shamus has bicycled more than 4,000 miles and has raised over $300,000 for the Dorothy Day Outreach Center at Saint Francis University – all of which was used to help local families in four counties in southwestern Pennsylvania, giving them the basic necessities of food, warmth, and clothing.

  • How It All Began

    Spring 2011

    Bro. Shamus encounters a young mother and her two children during a visit to the Dorothy Day Outreach Center on campus, and becomes inspired to do something to help out.

    Summer 2011

    Bro. Shamus combines his love of cycling and his desire to help the poor, and embarks on his inaugural charity ride to benefit the Dorothy Day Outreach Center. He would travel 375 miles, raising nearly $12,000.

    Summer 2012

    Humbled by the generosity of the community, Bro. Shamus turns his charity ride into an annual event and increases his distance and fundraising goal, traveling 425 miles and raising more than $22,000.

    Spring 2013

    During a routine medical screening, Bro. Shamus is diagnosed with colon cancer and begins simultaneous rounds of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Devastated that he is unable to ride for the Dorothy Day Outreach Center, Bro. Shamus reaches out to the community for support.

    Summer 2013

    The Bro. Shamus Shuffle is established, and together with his friends, he is able to raise a total of nearly $30,000.

    Summer 2014

    While still undergoing chemotherapy treatments, Bro. Shamus completes his “Five States in Five Days (The Lord Willing) for the DDC” charity ride, with a little help from his friends Jerry Laffey and Sister Mary Ann Spanjers, OSF. Together, the trio raised over $32,000 for the Dorothy Day Outreach Center.

    Spring/Summer 2015

    As Bro. Shamus makes plans for his 2015 charity ride, “Returning to Our Roots,” he learns that his cancer is in remission. That August, he cycles nearly 550 miles from Pittsburgh to New York City, visiting Dorothy Day-affiliated centers in five major cities along the way. He surpasses his goal of $35,000, raising just over $45,000.
    Learn more about his 2015 charity ride, "Returning to Our Roots."

    Fall 2016

    Bro. Shamus takes on one of his biggest challenges yet, “Cycling the Atlantic Coast for the Dorothy Day Outreach Center.” He sets out on a 1,500-mile bicycle ride from New York City to Sarasota, Fla., traveling through 10 states and 20 major cities. He raises $57,080.26 for the Dorothy Day Outreach Center – far more than his goal of $40,000. 

    Fall 2017

    On September 8th, 2017,  70-year-old Brother Shamus's journey began in Bar Harbor, Maine and cover nearly 1,000 miles of mountainous terrain, taking Bro. Shamus through 11 states and six major cities before coming to an end in Jamestown, Virginia. 

    Fall 2018

    On September 1st, 2018, Brother Shamus began his 8th Annual Charity Ride and cycled more than 1,000 miles around the perimeter of Florida, raising over $50,000 for The Dorothy Day Outreach Center.

    Fall 2019

    Brother Shamus will begin his 9th Annual Brother Shamus Charity Ride with the goal of raising $55,000.

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