SAN FRANCISCO – Fil-Am Deejay Viloria, 34, bicycled his way to 640 miles in two weeks, in grueling weather conditions and tough terrain.
It wasn’t an easy feat for Viloria, who has suffered from Type 1 diabetes for 22 years and health complications.
“When you’re riding in the middle of the night and it’s 30 degree weather, and you’re climbing uphill and the wind is pushing up against you, you wanna say stop,” said Viloria. “But what kept me going was my crew, my supportive team who was with me.”
Viloria’s journey from San Diego to San Francisco is also documented in a film by award-winning director Benito Bautista, “Two Wheels and a Dream.”
“Why would this guy who’s so ordinary, not even a cyclist, not an athlete, who is type 1 diabetic, who’s going to really struggle and suffer and go to the distance and whatever elements we have, to do it?” said Bautista.
But for Viloria, the ride was not only his personal journey, but became a mission to inspire others to do what they want in life, despite their circumstances.
The bike ride mission from Southern to Northern California was funded by a 60-day Kickstarter campaign, which ended on November 20 and raised more than $53,000.
His send-off took place on November 26 in Chula Vista, CA, with the support of more than 70 cyclists, family and friends. Many of Viloria’s loved ones were also sure to welcome him at the finish line in San Francisco.
His parents were relieved their son made it up north.
“The worst could happen….but yeah, it’s over now. I’m really proud of him,” said Danny Viloria, Deejay’s father.
“This is the just the beginning,” said Arlene Viloria, Deejay’s mother. “He wants to inspire, make a difference in people battling this disease.”
“What made this journey more memorable for Deejay is that it ended with a proclamation of love and a new beginning with the love of his life.”
Viloria also proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Jenasi Magpantay, who rode side-by-side with him on the coastal journey.
“I hope that by watching this film, they are also inspired stick with each other no matter what, support each other.”
Bautista’s film “Two Wheels and a Dream” has not yet been scheduled for release, but for now, Viloria has this simple message to anyone battling diabetes or going through tough times:
“Keep standing for what you believe in. Your dreams will come true.”