Ian Kallay’s spirit is bruised, but not broken.
That’s more than he can say about his hand,
“My hand, they think it’s fractured,” Kallay said.
For the past month, Ian has pedaling his bike about one hundred miles a day, from his home town in Dayton, Ohio all the way to San Francisco. He’s raising awareness about a problem many may not know exists in their neighborhoods.
“We heard this woman talk a little about human trafficking in the United States, and we didn’t know it was actually happening here,” said Kallay
While Ian and his brother Shane admit they’re in no way qualified to solve the problem, they still wanted to help.
“Because we didn’t want to go on the front lines, we don’t really know anything about that. What can we use that we can actually raise awareness with, like what skills do we have,” Kallay said.
So both have been living off what’s inside their van. Shane drives ahead so Ian won’t have to worry about food or a place to sleep.
But on Friday, an unseen branch brought everything to a halt.
“I was upside down in the air before I even knew it, and I didn’t even see the branch until after I crashed,” Kallay said.
His sunglasses still lay in the road.
Although Ian can no longer use his bike while his hand is in a cast, he says he’ll get to San Francisco on his own two feet, by jogging the rest of the way.
It’ll be a struggle, but he believes it’s appropriate for his cause.
“We’re a symbol for these people who are being trafficked. We understand that their situation is far worse than we could ever dream of, so whatever we go through is nothing,” said Kallay.