While the Tour de France cyclists move into their final ten days of the tour, a metro Denver nonprofit shows that cycling can come in a variety of forms and with a diversity of people on the saddle. Rocky Mountain Stroke Center (RMSC) hosts its bi-annual fundraising Riding for Rehab events all summer with a kick-off that took place on Sunday, July 11, 2010 at Mountainside Fitness in Westminster. The first of many riding events, this one took place at the fitness center thanks to the generosity of its management who dedicated the afternoon to raising money and awareness about stroke. Staff, patrons, stroke survivors and their families hopped on cycles of every type – spinning, stationary, recumbent – covering the minutes and miles pledged. A few buff folks “lifted for stroke,” donating dollars at the end of their weight room workouts.
Mountainside Fitness has donated the use of their facility in Lone Tree for another Riding for Rehab event on Sunday, July 25, starting at 1 p.m. To find out more and get your own pledge going, check out details at Rocky Mountain Stroke Center.
RMSC hopes that these two events inspire others throughout metro Denver to put cycling teams and pledges together for the rest of the summer. The Young Enthusiastic Stroke Survivors (Y.E.S.S.) support group at RMSC plans to do their own mini-event at the Littleton location on recumbent and stationary bikes, incorporating the activity into their regular physical therapy regimens. RMSC also invites anyone to donate in support of these “survivor teams,” who benefit directly from the funds raised during these events.
Kathy Comminiello, a former metro Denver teacher, stroke survivor and RMSC client, participated in last Sunday’s event, completing her pledged minutes on a recumbent cycle. “This is so great,” she grinned as she pedaled next to her sister, Mary Kay Engel. Engel tops off the cycling events this summer, riding from Maine to Florida starting August 14. She rode cross-country two years ago, raising money and awareness of stroke. “My sister’s stroke was a life changing event for me, too,” she says of the inspiration she had in 2008 to use her passion for cycling as a tool for getting funds for the types of services her sister relies on. Engel will chronicle her 25-day ride in a daily blog posted by RMSC along with a feature article highlighting a stroke survivor every day during Engel’s ride, reminding readers of the many faces of stroke and their myriad rehabilitation needs.
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