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6/13/2010 6:01:00 AM
Oft-injured teen makes point in cross country bike ride
Machado receives warm welcome in Kingman
SHAWN BYRNE/MinerThe Winder family of Kingman welcomes Upland, Calif., teen Joseph Machado as he arrives Wednesday on his bike ride to Washington, D.C. to bring awareness to children in need.
SHAWN BYRNE/Miner

The Winder family of Kingman welcomes Upland, Calif., teen Joseph Machado as he arrives Wednesday on his bike ride to Washington, D.C. to bring awareness to children in need.
Joseph Machado
Joseph Machado

Shawn Byrne
Miner Staff Reporter


KINGMAN - He's broken his ankle, had pins put in it and was in a wheelchair for months. When he was 11 years old, he went head first into a cement wall while riding his bike. The wall cracked his helmet, and he suffered injuries to his head, neck, ribs, wrists and ankles.

Now 13, Joseph Machado from Upland, Calif., passed through Kingman Wednesday on his way to Washington, D.C. during the course of meeting his goal. That goal is to ride his bicycle across the country to help raise money for non-profit organizations that help get children off the street, support families and share the word of God with children.

Joseph says on his Web site, bikingforamerica.com, that "I want to let kids all across America know they can make a difference. Even if you have a disability or something holding you back, you can make a difference."

When Joseph arrived in Kingman, he had traveled 430 miles in four days.

"It's been really hot," he said. "I was really dehydrated Tuesday, and I was a little sick today."

Joseph's schedule has him on the road for 53 days, and he expects to arrive in Washington July 27. He said he hopes to average at least 60 miles per day. During his initial four days on the road, Joseph discovered there are people willing to help him in his crusade.

First, the California Highway Patrol escorted him to the Arizona border, and then Arizona's Department of Public Safety took over to take him to New Mexico. When he arrived in Kingman, he found more assistance waiting for him.

Kingman firefighter Dan Winder and his family greeted Joseph when he arrived at the Powerhouse Visitors Center, the owners of the Silver Queen Motel provided lodging and Ran Hanks at Bicycle Outfitters was lined up to give Joseph's bike a tune-up. Kingman Fire Department, the Firefighter's Association and Local 4191 of the Firefighters Union held a spaghetti dinner for Joseph and his family, and Anna Shuffler rode with Joseph when he left Kingman Thursday to give him some pointers on how to take care of himself during the rest of his journey.

His parents, Robert and Elvira, and his older sister, Mercedes, are following Joseph on his ride. His sister is amazed by what her brother is trying to accomplish.

"I think it's incredible," Mercedes said. "It was hard for the family to see him go through the things he has."

She said she had a hard time thinking of Joseph as a biker, even when Giant Bicycles donated his road bike and riding gear to him.

"When the kickoff came and he had on his riding uniform along with his bike, then I thought he looked like a biker," she said. "He's got a big heart."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, June 19, 2010
Article comment by: Vicki Tolan

Joseph you are an inspiration for all young kids wanting to make a difference. I am very proud of you...keep up the good work and can't wait to see you make it to DC. Love to your mom and dad and sister Mercedes.
Mrs. Tolan
PE teacher
ALJHS


Posted: Sunday, June 13, 2010
Article comment by: Freedom Lover

Wow. Joseph's doing 100+ a day. I too wish I'd known about this ahead of time. Super nice of those who did know to help. Bike tune-up, dinner, hotel... I hope he gets this kind of reception everywhere he stops.

I love Kingman... I don't care what people say about it.



Posted: Sunday, June 13, 2010
Article comment by: Donald Shelton

Joseph is an example of what many kids are--great people, with big hearts.
Too often youth are portrayed as trouble makers and such. While there are bad kids, the majority of kids are actually pretty good.
Too bad Joseph's arrival wasn't made known weeks before.


Posted: Sunday, June 13, 2010
Article comment by: Shannon Greener

What an inspirational young man. Keep up the good work, it is awesome what you are doing. Also, I would make me proud to see more positive things like this being published in this paper!

Posted: Sunday, June 13, 2010
Article comment by: Kingman Resident

It's great to see our young people doing such great things. Its too bad there wasn't advance notice of this, so more people could have come out & welcomed this young man & his family.
Maybe the Miner could do more stories on our local youth trying to make a difference in our communites..


Posted: Sunday, June 13, 2010
Article comment by: an upset observer

It is refreshing to read about young people who trying to make a difference in a world where most adults dont think to even venture. Coming from Southern California, it gives me pride to see it originating from there. Joseph, go knowing many people are behind you in your endevour. god bless your family and may god keep you all safe.

Posted: Sunday, June 13, 2010
Article comment by: Danny King

God Bless You Joseph!
This is a truly blessed young man, with a secure family.
With His belief in God all things are possible.


Please God keep Joseph safe on this journey!

Too bad not enough information prior to his arrival in Kingman, I think his reception was good just not big enough!

Hope they stop on the way back, so we can get a real Kingman welcome set up for him. City council and County B.O.S. should take check into return schedule.






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