Empowering the athlete in everyone

BJA Partners reached their goal of 500 votes + shares and won a $10,000 donation from Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance for Challenged Athletes Foundation with the mission to create opportunities for athletes of all ages to keep doing what they love. Congrats to the team and thank you for supporting them!

Sports are truly magical. They can create new friendships, build heathy lifestyles or form deep and longstanding passions. For many athletes however, physical challenges like paralysis, visual impairment or disabilities due to disease and traumatic incidents have barred them from participation.

Most health insurance companies don’t cover adaptive equipment and coaching for people with physical challenges. For many families, this means sacrificing sports completely. The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) in San Diego, California chose not to accept this, and for over 25 years, has been creating opportunities for athletes of all ages to keep doing what they love. In the last year alone, CAF directly helped almost 4,000 athletes across 103 different sports.

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Day 1 of the Million Dollar Challenge! Pictured are Challenged Athlete Brandon Lyons, paralyzed from waist down, riding a hand cycle; Jeffrey Essakow, CEO and Co-Founder of CAF, Dean Roeper, Scott Rhodes and Challenged Athlete Jamie Whitmore.

A mission that calls for all hands on deck

Through his friendship with CAF’s founder, as well as a personal health journey of his own, Myron Jucha formed a deep commitment to the nonprofit’s work. As the CEO of insurance agency BJA Partners, Myron has provided CAF with their employee benefits and other insurance needs for over 20 years. The agency staff has tapped the same passion, and now nearly all of BJA Partners is regularly involved.

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The BJA Partners staff cheers on Myron Jucha as he finishes the 620 mile Million Dollar Challenge ride for CAF.

Showing families a future for their kids in sports

Of the many ways that BJA Partners pledges their support, sponsorship of CAF’s annual “Million Dollar Challenge” is one of the most memorable for agency staff. Personally participating in this 620 mile bike ride from San Francisco to San Diego was one of the first ways Myron got involved with the nonprofit. That first year, Myron met the mother of a three-year-old boy named Zack. Zack’s mother had found CAF after making the unthinkable decision to amputate both of her son’s legs due to a birth deformity.

“Zack’s mom felt hope for her son that he could live a normal life,” said Myron. “CAF gave him his first pair of running prosthetics so that he could run around like every other three-year-old. Seeing Zack run across the stage in his new prosthetics was all I needed to know my involvement makes a real difference.”

“Seeing Zack run across the stage in his new prosthetics was all I needed to know my involvement makes a real difference.”

-Myron Jucha, CEO, BJA Partners

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Three-year-old Zack, with US Paralympic cyclist Brandon Lyons before the Million Dollar Challenge ride started. CAF is a longtime supporter of Brandon, who is currently training for the 2021 Tokyo Paralympics.

Adapting and staying motivated in the face of the pandemic

With the cancellation of in-person events last year, it would have been easy to lose inspiration. “CAF’s work directly stands up to the challenges of our time. A global pandemic, a devastating financial crisis and ongoing social injustices create even greater barriers for the community we serve,” said Jaimie Lynch, Event Manager at the Challenged Athletes Foundation. “Much of our community is at risk of serious health complications, requiring them to be under extreme quarantine through the pandemic.”

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CAF adapted quickly, replacing the Million Dollar Challenge with a new virtual event that brought people together to log their miles from afar. Collectively, their millions of miles raised millions of dollars, and gave thousands of athletes a sense of community in quarantine. The value of that experience is something we can all likely identify with after this past year.

“CAF’s work directly stands up to the challenges of our time. A global pandemic, a devastating financial crisis and ongoing social injustices create even greater barriers for the community we serve.”

-Jaimie Lynch, Event Manager, Challenged Athletes Foundation

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In addition to being a rider, BJA Partners sponsors the Million Dollar Challenge and has a presence at the finish line.

$10,000 would be life-changing for families involved with Challenged Athletes Foundation. It could buy a set of prosthetic legs for a child like Zack, or pay for the coaching of 10 different individuals. CAF’s impact could take any number of shapes – all they need is your vote. Learn more about BJA Partners.

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Nancy Trejo
8 months ago

Thrilled to read your article! Your passion in making a difference in the lives of Challenged Athletes is admirable. Well done, and good luck reaching the $10,000 goal!!!

Jeffrey Hahn
8 months ago

Awesome cause

Claudia McClain
8 months ago

Congratulations, Myron and BJA Partners! You are truly Making More Happen for so many athletes in your community!

Caitlin Klosterman
8 months ago

What a wonderful cause and so deserving! Good luck from McClain Insurance!

Keri Jucha
8 months ago

Proud of you dad!

Joelle Berlat
8 months ago

Go team BJA!

Nick Pembroke
8 months ago

Very impressive work you are doing in your community! Thank you for sharing and good luck on your goals!

Andrew Dorsa
8 months ago

Wonderful Cause! It’s impressive to see Myron’s dedication to CAF

Shelley Zimmerman
8 months ago

Myron and team – a huge thank you for all your support for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. I look forward to riding with you again soon for this wonderful organization that helps so many.

Last edited 8 months ago by Shelley Zimmerman
Ann Franklin
8 months ago

Thank you for Making More Happen!

Heather Wood
8 months ago

Thrilled to work for BJA Partners and support the passion for CAF!

Mary Fisher
8 months ago

Congratulations! What a deserving organization! All of us at McClain Insurance are rooting for you!!

Sara Howland
8 months ago

It is so rewarding to give back to Challenged Athletes Foundation and all the wonderful deserving people that are involved. Such a great cause. So proud of our team at BJA Partners!

Erin Cichon
8 months ago

A great cause to sponsor and be a part of!

8 months ago

So impressed with Myron’s dedication to CAF! Keep up the good work

Rise Edney
8 months ago

This is such a great organization. Thank you for making a difference with your passion!

Aaron Smith
8 months ago

Great job! Thanks for your efforts! You make a huge difference!!!

Tom H
8 months ago

Great job on making a difference BJA Partners!

Julie Ward
8 months ago

Great cause! Well done Myron!

8 months ago

Amazing cause! Go team BJA!

Kevin Ring
8 months ago

This is a great way to help us help a very worthy cause!

Barbara Mandelstein
8 months ago

Great job Myron! I’m very proud of you!

8 months ago

Great cause!! Let’s get that goal!

Buzz Burnett
8 months ago

Always at the front of the pack! Go BJA and Jucha family!

MacKenzie Brooks
8 months ago


Gail U
8 months ago

Great work Myron and BJA Partners. Your commitment to this great cause is inspiring!

Matthew Skolnick
8 months ago

What a great organization! Way to go BJA!

Heather G
8 months ago

Such a great cause!

8 months ago

Congrats Myron and BJA Team! So nice to partner with a team that is so passionate about the community and gives back so much.

Tammy Gildersleeve
8 months ago

Wonderful cause!

8 months ago

Love your passion for this cause!

Jacquelyn Raiano
8 months ago

Great cause! Good luck on reaching your goal!

Jodi Kaye
8 months ago

Your are amazing in how you have embraced this cause. Keep it up

Fred Patterson
8 months ago

Congratulations and kudos to you and the whole BJA Team!

Ken Lobo
8 months ago

Excited about your mission to help the Challenged Athletes Foundation – we need more people and organizations like BJA to support these Athletes.

Harry Berzak
8 months ago

Great cause

Barbara Jucha
8 months ago

Myron Jucha told me he still wants to participate in this years 620 mile ride, even though he had foot/ankle problems this year. He has been absolutely dedicated to the Challenged Athletes Foundation, from the first moment he was introduced to them. Good Luck with all your endeavors to reach your goas this year.

Kelly Jo Hoffmann
8 months ago

Amazing cause, keep it up! Good luck!

Jessica Hull
8 months ago

This is a great organization and I am happy to work alongside side them every day!

Laurie Gillis
8 months ago

Such a great cause and honored to be a part of the BJA Partners team!

Mandy Berzak
8 months ago

Great job Myron and BJA Partners! Always an inspiration

Charley Gilbert
8 months ago

I dig the work you are doing. Keep it up Myron!

Jaimie Lynch
8 months ago

So awesome! Couldn’t be more honored to receive this award!

Jessie Miller
8 months ago

Thank you BJA Partners for showing us that Americans are still reaching out to help others. These challenged athletes are certainly blessed by your efforts and I pray that God will bless you for following his command to “love others as I have loved you”.

Mel Gevisser
8 months ago

CAF is an amazing organization with talented staff and remarkable athletes. They run true to helping those with challenges get back into life through sports.

Sara Peace
8 months ago

CAF is a great organization that helps people be physically active again. So great to support them. Thank you, BJA Partners.

8 months ago

Love this!

Julie S Hershorn
8 months ago

What a great cause! Way to go Myron & BJA!!

8 months ago

Such an amazing story. It warms the heart knowing there are people striving to help those in need.

Richard Whittington
8 months ago

What a wonderful effort to raise money for challenged athletes. !! Go Myron and BJA partners.

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