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.