Cary man to bike 400 miles across NC to raise awareness for disability employment

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CARY, N.C. (WNCN) – A Cary man is biking 400 miles across the state to raise awareness on the importance of employing people with disabilities.

He made a pit stop at 321 Coffee in Raleigh on Wednesday morning. 

“It’s the best opportunity for people with down syndrome​,” said Sam Hening​.​

Henning, who has down syndrome, has been working at 321 Coffee for two years. He says more places should give people like himself a chance at a normal job and a normal life. ​

Kirby Barbour feels the same way, and is on a mission to bring awareness and raise money for Esteamed Coffee and places like it. ​

“It’s kind of emotional at the same time. It means a lot, 100% I love it,” said Hening.​

Esteamed Coffee is set to open in Cary next year and will employ people with disabilities.

Barbour is biking 400 miles across North Carolina and hoping to raise $40,000 along the way. ​​

“Yesterday I traveled 92 miles and so far today, I’ve been on the road for 36.” said Barbour.​ He started in Winston-Salem on Tuesday and will end his journey Saturday in Wilmington.

He says he spent 3 months ​preparing for this trek, biking anywhere between 50 and 80 miles in a day, but he says it’s worth the sweat.​

“This is a wonderful opportunity to integrate [those with disabilities] back into society…Everybody’s got their challenges but a chance to show their abilities and their skill sets,” said Barbour.  ​​

This is a cause close to Barbour’s heart, as his son is on the autism spectrum. 

He says his son has dreams of becoming a chef and Barbour wants to show him those dreams can become reality if more businesses give people a chance, regardless of what makes them different.

​​”I want to support him and show him what can be done,” said Barbour. ​​

If you wish to donate to Barbour’s ride, all donations will be split between seven non-profit organizations all employing people with disabilities. 

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