WASHINGTON, DC (August 6, 2013) -- U.S. Representative Mike Doyle, a Democrat representing Pittsburgh, led his Bike to the Beach team on a 104-mile bike ride from Washington to Dewey Beach, DE, beating its fundraising goal of $25,000 for Autism Speaks.
Doyle [center in Pirates' hat], who cofounded the Congressional Autism Caucus 12 years ago with Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), raised $27,708, the second highest total during the annual charity event. Doyle's team included his brother Pat, his son Kevin and nephew Cameron.
Bike to the Beach was created in 2007 as a non-profit to raise awareness of biking as a viable transportation alternative. The group chose autism as its fundraising cause and additional Bike to the Beach events were created in New York and Boston.
Doyle and Smith have helped grow the Congressional Autism Caucus to 180 Members of Congress from both parties. "Our caucus is dedicated to raising awareness about autism, providing a forum for policy discussions, promoting research funding, and developing legislative solutions to ease the burden of families affected by autism," Doyle said.