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Across America: 10,000 Miles for Kids with Autism


  • $1,325
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$1,325 raised of $50,000
($1,125 online, $0 offline)

Pedaling to raise awareness and funds for Autism and The Learning Tree, Inc.


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Kerrie Benson

Team Rockstar

$1,100 2


Jerre Brimer

Team Jerre

$25 1


Henry Foster

Team Henry

$0 1

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Jerre Brimer (co-founder of The Learning Tree, Inc.) is riding 10,000 miles on a bicycle to increase autism awareness and raise funds to sustain The Learning Tree programs in Alabama. This ambitious journey will take 18 weeks and cross 20 states. The ride began on April 1st and ended August 1st at the Children’s Wall of the Oklahoma City National Memorial. Brimer hopes to raise $250,000 through sponsors, individual donors and pledges.

Autism is a complex developmental disability that usually appears during the first three years of life. The Center for Disease Control has estimated that 1 in 88 children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder.

The Learning Tree, a private nonprofit organization, was founded in 1983 by, Brimer and co-founder Pat Murphy, former school teachers. The first residential school was established in Mobile, Alabama with the founders’ personal funds to serve four children. Today, The Learning Tree serves more than 200 children, ages 2 ½ through 21, from Alabama and neighboring states, who have severe developmental disabilities, including autism. The highly specialized educational and residential programs provide individualized instruction in a nurturing and supportive environment. The Learning Tree has proven highly successful in managing the significant behavioral, physical, and cognitive challenges that interfere with learning by using applied behavior analysis principles. The Learning Tree programs are located in Mobile, Tallassee, Jacksonville and Auburn, Alabama.

In early May, Brimer was joined by a group of cyclists in Jacksonville, Alabama to travel to Learning Tree locations in Tallassee, then on to Auburn and end in Mobile. Following the Alabama ride, Brimer resumed his cross country route turning west through Mississippi. His route and travel blogs can be followed at "Brimer’s ride is motivated by the critical educational needs of children who have autism. The Learning Tree programs are the result of his work for the past 30 years" said, Marc Williams, Executive Director.

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Jerre Brimer Jerre Brimer