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The Quell Foundation's 9/11 Ride of Hope

On the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001, we were invited to travel with the Quell Foundation and document 20+ cyclists as they took part in the 9/11 Ride of Hope -- a bicycle trip from Ground Zero in New York City, to the Pentagon in Washington D.C. This event honored those still suffering from the physical and emotional impact of 9/11/2001 and its aftermath.

Participants of the 9/11 Ride of Hope begin their journey riding through the streets of New York City at sunrise

An American flag sits placed in the 9/11 Memorial Fountain in New York City

Velofix mechanic, Merlyn Townley, pauses to reflect at the 9/11 Memorial Fountain in New York City. Merlyn responded to the terrorist attacks on 9/11/01 while working for the American Red Cross

Emotions impacted several riders as some had not returned to Ground Zero since first responding on September 11, 2001

A rider passes her hand along a stone as she walks past at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City

Riders observe a damaged cell phone tower that was destroyed during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001

Riders listen to a tour guide during a private tour of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Fire Fighters that responded to the events on September 11, 2001 observe a steel beam that was part of the Twin Towers that now sits at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City

Riders observe what was a makeshift memorial at Ground Zero

9/11 Ride of Hope participants pose for a photograph before departing from the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City

Amber working at sunrise in front of our photo car

Quell Foundation's founder, Kevin Lynch, and Merlyn Townley share a laugh outside of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City

Baltimore County Police Department Chief of Police, Chief Melissa R. Hyatt, speaks with Quell Foundation founder, Kevin Lynch and former detective Lynette Shaw

"Fireman Bob" speaks to police cadets outside of Baltimore, Maryland

Kate receives a fist-bump after sharing her story about the suicide of her boyfriend that was a first-responder

Riders look to their cell phones at a Fraternal Order of Police location outside of Baltimore, Maryland

A rider takes a photo at a memorial in Annapolis, Maryland

Smiles all around at a rest stop in Maryland

Quell Foundation's Executive Director, Renee Wilk, and Director of Communications, Sarah Marshall, share a laugh during a stop along the road

Former Army Chief of Staff, General George Casey, pauses to take a photograph with his cell phone

Ponytails for everyone as the riders prepare to ride near the end of their journey

Riders pose with Velofix mechanic, Merlyn Townley, during a rest-stop in Annapolis, Maryland

Jim and Bob worked together as firefighters and both responded to the events of September 11, 2001

Hugs of support and encouragement were commonplace during the event's entirety

All smiles a day away from the Pentagon and Washington D.C.

The Arlington Police and Fire departments rolled-out the red carpet for the riders as they finished their ride in Washington D.C. a the Iwo Jima Memorial

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