Caden Fair Shares His Experience, Biking 500 Miles to Overcome Addiction
A few weeks ago, we introduced you to Caden Fair. An Auburn native battling addiction. Fair along with four other residents of the Paul Anderson Youth Home (PAYH) biked more than 500 miles to honor the home’s founder, Olympic legend and “World’s Strongest Man,” Paul Anderson.
The group began their ride in Flagler Beach, Florida, through Ponte Vedra before crossing into Georgia. Once in Georgia, the ride included stops in St. Simons, Savannah, Augusta and Statesboro before ending in Vidalia.
In 1961, Anderson founded the residential home as an alternative to incarceration for young men struggling to find the God-given purpose in their lives. The 14th Annual Bike Ride continues to spread the message of the transformative work the Christian rehabilitation home has done in the lives of countless troubled teens over the last 58 years, as well as the preventative resources it provides to parents and families.
The Bike Ride is one of three annual fundraising events for the not-for-profit Christian organization. Supporters can learn more about each boy’s story at payhbikeride.com.
Olympic Gold Medalist and World Champion Weightlifter Paul Anderson wowed audiences in 1961 when he rode his bike from Vidalia, Georgia, to Omaha, Nebraska, to raise money to open the youth home. This feat of strength inspired the annual Bike Ride, and PAYH continues Anderson’s legacy by using physical challenges to instill self-confidence and Christian character into the boys’ everyday lives. The ride uses the same principles to transform the boys’ thinking while celebrating Anderson’s historic gold medal.