He is from River Edge, New Jersey. He has profound learning disabilities. As a child Hoffman had few if any friends and was attracted to bicycle riding as his escape from loneliness. His heroes were the astronauts who had been to the moon and his goal was to pedal his bicycle the distance to the moon and back. He describes his childhood bicycle as being his "rocket ship".
Hoffman keeps mileage logs. He has ridden across the United States and has visited every one of the contiguous 48 states and been honored by more than 30 state governors. Every Spring Hoffman calls on his friends and supporters, now numbering in the hundreds, to get pledges to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation for his upcoming ride that summer.
Hoffman's mother died of leukemia in 1986. In addition to naming his bicycles "Ruth E." after her, he has focused on raising money in her memory to support leukemia research.
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