On August 2, 2022, Gregory Maassen completed his 4,500+ mile cross-country E-Bike tour in San Francisco. Congrats Gregory!
The Foundation’s executive director, Lindsay Colbert, was joined by Gregory’s wife, local firefighters, Dr. Jeffrey Ralph, patients and supporters as he crossed the finish line. Mayor London Breed declared August 2, 2022, Dr. Gregory Maassen and Peripheral Neuropathy Awareness Day in San Francisco.
Last April, Gregory Maassen embarked on an epic journey: riding an electric bicycle from Washington, DC, to San Francisco. The 54-year-old former executive for an international development agency got the idea for his tour about three years after he was diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, a condition caused by damage to the nerves in the hands and feet, resulting in weakness, numbness, and pain.
Gregory Maassen, a 55-year-old with debilitating peripheral neuropathy, sits in a tent in Ely, Nevada charging his e-bike, drone and cameras. He has been e-biking from Washington DC to San Francisco to raise funds for The Foundation for Peripheral Neuropathy, collecting video for a documentary along the way.
There are plenty of great reasons to ride an e-bike, but for Gregory Maassen, Ph.D., who is on a 3,400-mile ride across the country, it started as a way to manage his symptoms of peripheral neuropathy, a painful condition that affects 30 million people in the U.S. alone, including Tom Brokaw, Alan Jackson, George Lopez and many others.
"FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Gregory Maassen practically laughed when his doctor told him exercise would help ease his condition. "I said, 'are you out of your mind? I don't feel that well. How can you even think about exercising,'" Maassen said."
"Physical limitations and mental well-being are closely related, and the medical profession often poorly understands this connection. Depression and anxiety are often associated with physical disabilities and deserve equal, if not more attention, from medical professionals."
Job Vigil| the north platte telegraph
"Dutch cyclist Gregory Maassen, who became an American citizen on May 21, hopes to raise awareness and support for the treatment of peripheral neuropathy."
DANI MESSICK| goshen news
"ELKHART — Dutch cyclist Gregory Maassen, 54, is biking across the country to raise awareness for peripheral neuropathy."
Mike Konz| kearney hub
"KEARNEY — Gregory Maassen was at the pinnacle of his career a few years ago.
Working for the World Bank, the Dutchman’s job was to ensure the success of investments of the U.S. Agency for International Development was made to jump start the economies in places that included Armenia, southern Africa, Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia, Macedonia, Jordan and Mongolia."
Sara McCoy| news channel nebraska
"SIDNEY, Neb.-- Doctor Gregory F. Maassen made a stop at Peddler’s Corner in Sidney on Tuesday during his E-Bike tour across America."
"In the mid-1980s, a 21-room guesthouse motel was built on Karen Drive just south of the Lake Panorama National Resort conference center. It has hosted many people, usually wedding parties or groups taking advantage of one of LPN’s special golf packages.
Sometimes, a person with a truly interesting story books a room for a night.."
Forrest Hershberger| Sun-Telegraph
"The journey started about two months ago, more than a year before that with the planning. It is a monumental goal with several objectives, and more that developed as he made his way down the road."
"Several Southland suburbs had a part in one man’s cross country e-bike quest, a journey that’s been historic in more ways than one."
"JOHNSON COUNTY — Gregory Maassen is biking across the country on his E-bike to raise awareness and draw attention to the needs of those suffering from Peripheral Neuropathy.
It's a disease that impacts the daily lives of more than 30 million Americans."
"BERLIN - Dr. Gregory Maassen, a native of the Netherlands, wanted to take the opportunity to visit some Pennsylvania Dutch residents of Amish Country in Holmes County and Wayne County during his four-month sojourn across the United States on an e-bike. He left Washington, D.C, on Saturday, April 2."
Eileen O'Gorman | Patch - times bulletin
"Gregory Maassen, originally from the Netherlands, is biking the 3,400 mile journey to raise awareness and funds for peripheral neuropathy."
Robin Pennell | van wert - times bulletin
"Silently, a man in orange pedaled through downtown Van Wert, turned onto Washington St. and parked his e-bike and trailer in front of The Well. Wooden shoes dangled off the back of the packed trailer, a symbol of his native country the Netherlands."
Lindsay Renner-Wood | cumberland - times news
"While he's currently a one-man convoy cycling cross-country, Gregory Maassen's coast-to-coast journey seemed unthinkable just a few years earlier."
Skyler Sales | WDVM - Washington DC
"Dutch cyclist and doctor Gregory Maassen is about to embark on a four-month, cross-country journey over the Lincoln Highway that was once traveled by President Eisenhower in 1919"
FOX news | Washington DC
"Cyclist Gregory F. Maassen joins the show to talk about his cross country biking fundraiser that will start in D.C. this weekend."
Elaine Glusac | New York times
"Social-distancing, sustainability and accessibility helped accelerate e-biking during the pandemic, and the trend is showing up in urban bike-sharing programs."
Bernd Debusmann Jr | BBC news
"On a warm and uncomfortably humid afternoon in Washington DC's sprawling Rock Creek Park, 53-year old Dutchman and former World Bank executive Gregory Maassen is swiftly biking up an exceptionally sharp incline - barely breaking a sweat as he pedals."
johns hopkins medicine | Merkin Peripheral Neuropathy and Nerve Regeneration Center
"Gregory Maassen, a 54-year-old cyclist, is biking over 3,400 miles across the country from Washington, D.C., to San Francisco to raise funds for peripheral neuropathy research and education."
Kevin Lynch| The Daily Record
"Dr. Gregory Maassen is a man on a mission. The native of the Netherlands who lives in Washington, D.C., will undertake a trip across the United States, from D.C. to the San Francisco bay."