Who is our inspiration, Jay Austin?
At 389 days of cycling the world, after traveling through 27 countries,
Jay Austin was intentionally and brutally murdered on July 29th, 2018
in a terrorist attack in Central Asia, simply because he was an American.
He was 29 years old.
is the blog Jay was writing while on this adventure,
'part chronicling our journey and part helping others plan their own'. Read it here.
Hoping to advocate for Jay's passions, of which he had many,
to keep Jay's memory alive, and for Jay to continue to inspire,
The Jay Austin Simply Be Kind Foundation, Inc.
a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Our mission is to promote positive change for
Cultural Diversity, Literacy, Nutrition,
Our Environment, Sustainability, Minimalism,
and The Great Outdoors with an emphasis on Cycling,
all of Jay's passions.
To learn about us, scroll through our blogs/posts
here or click/tap on the EXPLORE button below.
Our current goals are to
create community gardens,
organize a cultural-diverse writing workshop,
and to purchase a trishaw to provide
volunteer-piloted bike rides to seniors.
To navigate through our site,
go to the headers at the very top of our home page,
each header with drop downs.
Be involved with our movement to realize our
ecofriendly and socially-transformative goals.
Simply put ..
~ Simply be kind to the planet, to each other and to ourselves. ~
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on Instagram @ jasimplybekind
on Twitter @ JASimplyBeKind
and on Facebook @ The Jay Austin Simply Be Kind Foundation
Mention and/or photos of Lauren, the love of Jay's life, are intentionally excluded from this site at the request of and out of respect for the privacy of the family. To learn about Jay and Lauren's amazing journey together, visit Jay's blog, 'Simply Cycling, Traveling The World By Bicycle' @ simplycycling.org.
501(c)3 Tax-Exempt Status Effective 11/19/2019
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Created by Jay's Mom, Jea Santovasco
'I could die doing what I love, but I could also die never having really lived. To me, that would have been a far greater tragedy.' - Jay Austin
Jay really lived .. up until the very moment he was intentionally brutally murdered in a terrorist attack while cycling the world.
Jay lost his life simply because he was an American.
May 1st, 1989 - July 29th, 2018