Jay Knight


Who are you?

I’m Jay, from East Moline, IL.  I joined the Marine Corps right after high school and served two tours in Iraq, both with Johnny Strong, and one with my current team member Denny Salisbury.  I left the service to attend college and recently graduated in 2013 from SIUE with a BS in Economics.  I started working on Pax2Pax during my senior year and will see it through all the way to Seattle.

What is your role with Pax2Pax?

My resume will say Project Manager but I’m really just a central hub for great people.  Denny, Megan, and Brian are the magic makers, I just gave them a cause to rally behind and use their skills for. Most of what I do is set up the hospital visits, speak to the press, manage the website content along with our facebook page, plan the routes, organize fundraisers, and coordinate with Megan to find lodging.  I guess I do a little bit around here.

Why did you volunteer to be a part of Pax2Pax?

Because our friend Johnny deserves one last salute in his honor.  What better way to honor someone than to affect great change in a way that matches the aspirations that person had while alive.  I volunteered for this because there is nothing else I would have rather done.

What do you hope to accomplish during the 142 days of Pax2Pax?

To bring Johnny’s generous and hardworking spirit to those we encounter, to share the stories of Child Life staff and the young brave patients they care for everyday, and to raise $100,000 for Child’s Play, which puts toys and games into hands to help with the teaching, healing, comforting, and distracting those children need to keep being kids.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

John Adams, 2nd President of the United States.

What is your favorite game?

Tabletop:  Pathfinder

Video Game:  Civilization IV

Jay Knight can be contacted at jay@pax2pax.org