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In Search of Members Who'll Cycle With The Late Jay Austin's Photo Card

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In Search of Members Who'll Cycle With The Late Jay Austin's Photo Card

My son, Jay Austin from the United States, began cycling the world in 2017.  At 389 days out, on July 29th, 2018, while in Tajikistan, a country in Central Asia, he and three other cyclists were intentionally targeted and brutually murdered by terrorists.  Jay lost his life simply because he was American.

I'm a warmshowers' host now, since Jay's passing, learning that Jay was a warmshowers' member while on this journey.  He wrote in his blog, Simply Cycling, Traveling The World By Bicycle, of his heartfelt gratitude for warmshowers' hosts.  I became a host to repay the enormous hospitality and kindness given to Jay by total strangers.

When I hosted my last guest, I asked if he wouldn't mind carrying Jay's photo with him and he graciously accepted.  It was at that very moment that I felt, albeit in an odd way, as if Jay will now still be cycling.  

If anyone reading this post would like to carry Jay's photo, which isn't a picture on photo paper but rather similar to that of a business card but smaller, please reach out to me and I will happily send you one wherever you are on this planet.  I will be forever grateful!  My goal is to have this go viral!  It would mean more to me than I can ever put into words. I don't want Jay to have lost his life in vain. I want everyone to know of Jay and to remember him!

Below is a photo of Jay in Takijistan in July of 2018, one of Jay and me, and the photo card of Jay I will gladly send you. 

Please help this heartbroken Mom wanting to keep my son's spirit alive. Thank you for reading! 

I created a foundation in Jay's honor .. The Jay Austin Simply Be Kind Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

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