E-Biking Across the U.S. to Raise Awareness for Peripheral Neuropathy

Gregory meets with FPN! Van Salmans, Lindsay Colbert, Gregory, Tanya Zivin and Nancy Frohman

D.C. – San Francisco Fundraiser Supports 30-Million Neuropathy Sufferers and Kicks Off Peripheral Neuropathy Awareness Week May 1-8, 2022

For the first time, a cyclist is riding an electric bicycle (e-bike) cross country over 3,400 miles of Lincoln Highway in a journey that started April 2 in his hometown of Washington, D.C., and will finish in San Francisco on August 1, 2022. This expedition is intended to create awareness of peripheral neuropathy (PN).

Gregory Maassen, Ph.D., who suffers with PN, began his four-month solo trip following in President Eisenhower’s footsteps, just as this legendary hero traveled along the Lincoln Highway in 1919. Gregory, born in the Netherlands, chose this route to honor Eisenhower who oversaw the liberation of the Netherlands during WWII. 

This unique e-bike journey is a fundraiser for the Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy (FPN). Gregory credits e-biking and physical activity with the management of his own peripheral neuropathy symptoms.

According to Dr. Ahmet Hoke, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Director of the Neuromuscular Division, Professor of Neurology, “E-biking is a wonderful, low-impact form of exercising that can be a meaningful aspect of a patient’s recovery and well-being.” He added, “This historic ride is helping to raise much-needed funds for research and awareness for peripheral neuropathy.” 

“This e-bike fundraiser is a tribute to the special friendship between the Dutch and the Americans. It is the longest uninterrupted peaceful relationship that the U.S. has with any foreign country,” says Gregory. “This journey also supports millions of people everywhere suffering with PN. Medical research for PN is often significantly underfunded and finding a cure for this debilitating condition must be addressed.”

Gregory, who travels with his traditional Dutch wooden shoes, will make 60 stops through 12 states following the Eisenhower-Lincoln Highway – Transcontinental Cycling Route. Details on Gregory’s journey can be found on his website: http://www.ebiketour.org.

To read the press release of Gregory’s journey, click here.

For updates on media and photos from Gregory’s journey, click here.

To donate to the E-bike Across the U.S. campaign, click here.

Leave a Comment