Art Cain, director of the learning disability centers at the Whittier Christian Schools, is leading a small group of students on a monthlong, cross-country bicycle trip to raise money for the program and to focus attention on children with dyslexia.
An estimated 15 million children in America suffer from dyslexia, a reading impairment that is often caused by a genetic defect or brain injury.
"Many of those kids have average or better than average IQs, but they have difficulty reading and communicating," said Cain, who works with dyslexic students at the Whittier Christian Schools' four elementary campuses and at Whittier Christian High School. "It's time to raise awareness about the problem."
To accomplish that, Cain organized the 3,000-mile trek that will end July 26 at the Empire State Building in New York City. The trip began June 30 at the Huntington Beach Pier.