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On October 1st, 2014, nationally recognized child advocate Richard Propes kicks off the 25th Anniversary of the Tenderness Tour in Gary, Indiana and begins his 13-day journey along the hiking and biking trails of Indiana on his way back to his hometown of Indianapolis. Since 1989, Propes has traveled over 4,000 miles in his wheelchair while helping children's organizations worldwide raise hundreds of thousands of dollars. A paraplegic/double amputee born with spina bifida, Propes began the Tenderness Tour in 1989 with a 41-day, 1086 mile wheelchair tour around the border of Indiana as a healing journey from his own childhood abuse. When he returned home that year, he knew he'd discovered hope and a lifelong mission along the way. Since that first Tenderness Tour, Propes has wheeled to Chicago three times, Cincinnati, Lexington, and offered regional Tenderness Tours throughout the country. He's received numerous awards for his efforts including the Sagamore of the Wabash from the State of Indiana, the Order of Kentucky Colonels from the State of Kentucky, the Donna J. Stone Award (Prevent Child Abuse America's highest honor), and others. While Richard has always considered himself more of an activist than a fundraiser, he enjoys coming up with fun and creative ways to do both ranging from his goofy 15th Anniversary Tenderness Tour where he donated $15.00 to a children's organization in every country of the world to what was likely his most powerful Tenderness Tour to date last year when he traveled to the Southern Illinois hometown of Jessica Evans, a 17-year-old who'd been murdered along with her boyfriend while out camping, and he wheeled from the town where she'd been killed to her home. 

Richard Propes is the author of the autobiographical "The Hallelujah Life" and through the Tenderness Tour has started multiple projects including Indianapolis's Race Away From Domestic Violence, the film website "The Independent Critic," the online memorial site dedicated to child victims of violence called "One Million Acres," Heart n' Sole Publishing, Heart n' Sole Records, and Jessi's Corner Bookstore, a bookstore located in Metamora, Indiana that donates 100% of its proceeds to fund arts and music education for children and adults. 

The Goal?

1,000 Donors giving at least $25 to the organization of their choosing!

1,000 Walkers/Rollers committing to go at least one mile with me to celebrate the 1,000 miles of the 1st Tenderness Tour

1,000 volunteers contributing at least 10 hours of volunteer service in October! Get it? "Ten"derness? 

All participants will be listed on the Tenderness Tour website. All organizations/businesses participating will receive not only a listing but a link to their website. 

Each day in September, Richard will randomly pick one entrant from all entries for that day to receive either a free copy of "The Hallelujah Life" or a free copy of the Tenderness Tour benefit CD "Give a Girl a Chance." 

All you have to do is sign up here at Crowdrise for the event "The 25th Anniversary Tenderness Tour." You can pick one of the pre-selected teams from a few of the non-profits that have most touched Richard's life OR you can start your own team and raise money for a non-profit you choose. To ensure that you select the exact non-profit of your choice, I highly recommend you visit and look up the organization's EIN#. Please note that we do reserve the right to reject a team if it conflicts with the mission of the 25th Anniversary Tenderness Tour or violates Crowdrise's Terms of Service. So, please be sure to focus on children's organizations or organizations working to break the cycle of abuse/violence. 



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