The Tenderness Tour

One Man, One Wheelchair - A Peaceful Home for Every Child

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The 25th Anniversary Tenderness Tour: October 1-13, 2014

From October 1 - 13, 2014, nationally acclaimed child advocate Richard Propes celebrated the 25th anniversary of his Tenderness Tour with a 13-day wheelchair tour through Northern Indiana utilizing only the hiking and biking trails county-by-county starting in Lake County's Hobart and ending with a four-mile trek from downtown Indy's Monument Circle to the offices of Prevent Child Abuse Indiana. Propes approached this 25th anniversary tour differently from other tours in a couple of key ways - 1) He partnered with fundraising website Crowdrise to allow donors to select a non-profit of their choice for their donation and 2) He invited others to both join him on the road and encouraged supporters to go "The extra mile" by walking one mile in memory of a child victim of violence sometime during the 25th anniversary Tenderness Tour. While a final tally of donations is still pending, and may be difficult to determine concretely as many organizations have reported receiving donations directly, Propes successfully wheeled over 190 miles and raised thousands of dollars for organizations working to improve the lives of children and families. Richard's exact itinerary included:

  • 9/30/14 - Arrive in Lake County
  • 10/1/14 - Wheel the Prairie-Duneland Trail in Lake/Porter Counties
  • 10/2/14 -Wheel along Beverly Rd. and Indiana Dunes - LaPorte/Porter Counties
  • 10/3/14 - Wheel from Roseland to Mishawaka Riverwalk in St. Joseph County
  • 10/4/14 - Wheel Elkhart County's Pumpkinvine Trail
  • 10/5/14 - Wheel Lake City Greenway; Heritage Trail in Kosciusko County
  • 10/6/14 - Wheel Wabash County Bike Trail from N. Manchester to Wabash
  • 10/7/14 -Wheel Sweetser to Marion to Gas City on Cardinal Greenway
  • 10/8/14 - Wheel Howard County's Walk of Excellence and Industrial Heritage Trail
  • 10/9/14 -Wheel Frankfort's Wesley Manor Trail; East Trail; Circle Park Trail
  • 10/10/14 - Wheel Farm Heritage Trail from Thorntown to Lebanon
  • 10/11/14 -  Wheel Morse Park Trail in Noblesville; Monon Trail in Carmel
  • 10/12/14 -Wheel Monon from Carmel to Indy
  • 10/13/14 -Wheel from Monument Circle to 39th & Meridian Street

2014 Road Crew Included

Cheri Herron, CJ Siroky, Karen Roberts Sare, Randy Sare, Terry & Betty Kelsey, Reyna Patino, Andie Redwine, Karla Kincade, Laura Kelsey, Robyn Cundiff, and Kristina Blankenship

2014 CARE Team Members Included

Erin Miranda, Anne Burget, Andie Redwine, Laura Kelsey, and Robyn Cundiff

Additional Volunteers Included

Valerie Lambert, Marie Siroky, Melissa Troyer, Victor Smith, Dave Thornburg, Kris Surprenant, Sarah Kennedy, and Amanda VanHooser

Overnight Accommodations Provided By

Hilton Garden Inn, Hobart; Porter County Child Abuse Prevention Council; DDRS Leadership Team; The Kelsey Family; Sandra Mott; Comfort Inn, Kokomo; Karen Roberts Sare; Jennifer Hendrix

Special Events Included

  • 10/1 14 - Met with Hobart Mayor Brian Snedecor; Toured Countyline Orchard; Spoke at Valparaiso University's Christopher Center Library sponsored by Kappa  Delta and Porter County Child Abuse Prevention Council; Received media from Valparaiso Torch and NWI Times (including Hobart, Hammond, and Valpo); Porter County considering memorial tree. 
  • 10/2/14 - Met with Michigan City City Clerk and representative of Minority Health Coalition from LaPorte County. Received media from Michigan City newspaper and online publication.
  • 10/3/14 - Spoke at banquet for Anabaptist Disabilities Network's Disability Awareness event; Had contact with St. Joseph Child Abuse Prevention Council. Media from South Bend Tribune (x2).
  • 10/4/14 - Joined on trail by members of Anabaptist Disabilities Network; Media from ADNet, Middlebury CoB, and area churches.
  • 10/5/14 - Spoke at Middlebury Church of the Brethren's Sunday School; Spoke with Middlebury Tree Board about memorial tree.
  • 10/6/14 - Met with group at Kenapochomocha Coffee Shop in North Manchester; Extended meeting with Wabash Mayor Van Landingham, Tourism Board, and other city representatives. Toured The Access Youth Center and gave donation; Media from Wabash Plain-Dealer.
  • 10/7/14 - Met with Marion Mayor Wayne Seybold and he was to mention tour on his local television show. Coverage in Chronicle-Tribune. Attempted unsuccessfully to meet with area non-profit.
  • 10/8/14 - Spoke with mayor's office; Media from Kokomo Tribune; Spoke with child abuse prevention council.
  • 10/9/14 - Met with Mayor McBarnes; Met with Coach Kids organization; Coverage from Frankfort Times.
  • 10/10/14 - Met with Witham Hospital secondary to planting memorial tree; Met with Mayor Lewis; Held benefit concert for Prevent Child Abuse Boone County at Central Christian Church; Media from Lebanon Reporter
  • 10/11/14 - No special events
  • 10/12/14 - Joined  by tour's former youth volunteer of year.
  • 10/13/14 - Prevent Child Abuse Indiana closing; Donation to Julian Center; Walkers from BDDS; Spoke to Indy Star


In addition to individual participants in the "extra mile," organized extra mile events were held -

10/1/14  in Metamora, Indiana
10/4/14  in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
10/13/14 in Mount Prospect, Illinois



  • It should be noted that individuals were encouraged to support non-profit organizations of their choice and were not obligated to report this information to the Tenderness Tour. Figures below include those received through Crowdrise, donations made along the route, and donations we were able to confirm were made directly. Final amount will be made available once all numbers documented.
  • Second Starts - $910
  • Sheltering Wings - $730
  • Prevent Child Abuse - Boone County - $580
  • Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence - $570
  • AFSP - Indiana Chapter - $500 (proceeds from "The Hallelujah Life")
  • Wellspring Retreat & Resource Center - $296 (Informed that additional donations were received - amounts unknown)
  • Families of SMA - $250
  • Prevent Child Abuse Indiana - $230 (plus pinwheel sponsorship)
  • One Million Acres - $200
  • New Community Project - $185
  • The Kid's Pantry - $125
  • Second Helpings - $110
  • The Julian Center - $100 (plus sponsorship of individual at $100 to repair door)
  • Access - $100
  • Coach Kids - $100
  • Heartland Film - $65 (plus sponsorship of film "Private Violence" for 2014 festival)
  • Anabaptist Disabilities Network - $60 (Plus receipts from benefit banquet on 10/3/14)
  • Peace Over Violence - $10