Casey Degnan

Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee and Adventure Cycling — spending long hours being physically active in the outdoors, pushing myself to the limit — is the norm for me. Biking across the country has been a dream of mine for years and cycling for charity really struck home!

My wife Lynn and I raised thousands of dollars for “Team to End AIDS,” riding from Chicago to Milwaukee. It was an incredibly rewarding experience. So when I read about Ride to Awareness in Adventure Cycling magazine, I knew I had to be a part of it. And the timing couldn’t be more serendipitous. The Ride to Awareness starts just after the Ultimate Frisbee season ends and I’m the Executive Director of the Raleigh Flyers, an ultimate frisbee team in Raleigh, North Carolina.

In addition, my wife and I spent years in the Mental Health field as Mental Health Associates. Lynn was with Dorthea Dix Hospital and I was at the Oaks Treatment Center in the Canyon Boys Unit in Austin, Texas. I still have close friends there and hope to create an Art and Music event in Austin to benefit Ride to Awareness as well. We both consider the time we spend working in the mental health industry as some of the most important and fulfilling work of our lives. We have lived the cause. We believe in the ride and are dedicated to raising funds for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Mental Health America. Raising awareness is critically important to end the stigma associated with mental illness.

Riding across the country for a cause, especially one so near and dear to my heart, makes this so much more of a rewarding experience. If I achieve anything with the ride, it won’t be the miles spent on a bike but rather the funds we have raised and the light we shed on mental illness.

Please join me on this journey in any way you think you can help. Visit to make a donation and show your support.

3,000 Miles of Adventure Cycling across the Southern Tier of the USA to benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)