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Posted: Monday, May 7, 2012 1:30 pm

Two local college students will be taking a road trip this summer. It’s not just an end-of-college road trip, but one that will be as rewarding as it is charitable.

John Heck, a Mountain Pointe High School graduate, and Kevin Quinn, a Corona del Sol High School graduate, will make stops in 10 different cities as they travel from Colorado to Virginia. Along the way they will assist in projects to benefit summer camps for people with disabilities.

The two will be among a group of 26 that will travel together, starting first in Breckenridge, Colo. and ending in Washington, D.C. The effort is called Build America, part of the greater Push America organization, and the project that Heck and Quinn are working on is comprised of members of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.

“It’s something we are passionate about and something we have worked with many times in the past,” Heck said. “We are fortunate to grow up in this environment and changing the lives of campers is another way of giving back.”

Each had to raise $4,000 to cover expenses and part of the overall fund will go into a check that will be presented to the different camps they visit. They will be building amenities at each one, including walls, playgrounds, walkways and more.

The group of 26 will travel in mini-vans from place to place and will stay at the camps where they will be working, or in the vans along the way. Quinn said that through experience in working with Best Buddies and other groups, it is easy to get attached to the people you are working with and for.

“You make strong relationships in a short amount of time,” he said. “People who have done this before have said how emotional they got when they had to leave. It’s just a good thing because you see the donations translate into something physical.”

Push America does several summer projects, including Gear Up Florida, an 800-mile cycling event to raise money for people with disabilities, and Journey of Hope, a bicycling trek through 32 states and more than 12,000 miles combined for riders.

To find out more, visit www.pushamerica.org, or to contact Heck or Quinn, email them at jwheck@asu.edu. Donations can be made through the Push America website, under the “Give” tab.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or troemhild@ahwatukee.com

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