The Journey Begins

Growing Through Grief is an intensive in-school grief support program provided to elementary, middle and high school students who have experienced the death of a family member or friend. Grief services are provided to the student free of charge and include peer support groups and one-to-one counseling on a regular basis throughout the school year. Collaborative crisis management support for death related incidences, such as when a staff member or student dies, are also provided to the school community.  The program is run by the Park Nicollet Foundation and is paid for through grants and philanthropy.

Throughout the bike ride, we will have updates about the Growing Through Grief program from counselors, student participants, teachers and family members of students receiving grief counseling.

The program is free to students. However, it costs $500,000 a year to support the program including the counselors, the printed materials for students, and numerous other expenses.  Philanthropy is the source for funding – and the Park Nicollet Foundation staff must raise that amount every year to keep the program going.

My goal is to raise at least $65,000, the cost of the program for a year at one school.  To make a donation, please click on the link below.  All donations go directly to the program. 

Please follow along with me as I ride bike across America.  The adventure begins on April 28th!

This video is an overview of the program – interesting to watch!


  • Freewheel Bike
  • Borton Volvo
  • Mark Cheeley, Synergy Wealth Management, Ameriprise
  • Jim Greenwood, Greenwood Health Solutions
  • Many Individuals who care


12 thoughts on “The Journey Begins”

  1. So excited to follow this ride!! One month from today the journey will begin. Growing Through Grief is so fortunate to have such a great supporter in you, Jeff. Looking forward to seeing you attack the physical demand of the ride while supporting our program. You make a difference and I’m so glad you are part of our team!! Go Jeff!! We will be watching and supporting you the whole way!!


  2. Jeff you continue to stretch the boundaries of ways to be aware, care and give. Thank you for showing us all what is possible. Safe travels~


  3. Hi Jeff, thank you so much for letting me know about your ride. It was 3 years ago that we rode together on Fast America South and what an epic experience that was! Can’t wait to read your daily updates and tales of your adventures. Watch out for those junkyard dogs and happy riding!
    Rob M.
    United Kingdom


  4. I wish you the best as you start another fundraising journey! Our clients and staff at IIM are so grateful for the outcome of your first ride. Thank you for sharing your ride through this blog. I greatly enjoy following along. I could almost smell the lilacs and see the cows along your route.


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