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Setting An Example… Faces of America


I normally don’t put up posts like this… but this is such an incredible cause I can’t help but write about it.

In this picture is my husband (yellow jersey on the side) pushing a fellow war veteran who lost normal body function from the waste down due to an injury from the war in Iraq.

This time last year, my husband… along with a fellow Marine (pictured in the back) helped push this war veteran for 110 miles. This was the first time this man had ever been on a bike before. This incredible man was on his third (and last) deployment in Iraq right before retirement. During his last deployment, he was injured pretty badly. He heard about this ride the week before it was to take place. He flew out on Friday morning… was fitted for a hand crank bike and rode it for the first time, 110 miles, from DC to Gettysburg.

This “Wounded Warrior” ride honors and actively includes service members who have been severely injured in the War on Terror. World T.E.A.M. Sports (The Exceptional Athlete Matters), works with the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, The Semper Fi Foundation, Soldiers Angels Foundation, and other in reaching out to and helping these severely injured service members participate in this life-changing ride. All costs for the wounded service members are paid for by World T.E.A.M Sports. This ride is open to ALL, including civilians and service members both with and without disabilities. This year has been challenging for many due the the slowing economy. Remember… these guys will face their physical challenges for the remainder of their lives.

Push handles are added to the back of many handcycles to give able-bodied cyclists a place to provide assistance pushing riders up the many hills along the route… like my husband did in the above picture.

Last year was the first time my husband participated in this event. I was 8 1/2 months pregnant at the time and was unable to witness this incredible event. I remember my husband walking through the door and saying this was the most humbling experience of his life! This year, I will be there, along with our beautiful daughter, to see him complete this event that he calls one of the greatest experiences of his life.

Last year my husband raised over $3000 dollars to support this cause. All the money goes to providing bikes for injured war veterans. This weekend my husband will be participating in the event again. He’s hoping to raise even more money than last year. I will be setting up a page on my blog through this Saturday titled “Wounded Warrior Ride.” All donations can be made by clicking here.

We truly appreciate your support!

Thank you so much for reading πŸ™‚ I will have a full recap of this weekends race on the blog!

Click here to donate!

13 Responses

  1. Nicole, RD said on April 19, 2010 at 10:06 am

    I teared up reading this, Estela. What a wonderful event, I’m glad you’ll be there this year. πŸ™‚ Off to donate!

  2. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on April 19, 2010 at 10:17 am

    That is so great! What a great thing for your husband to do! It really is such an important message to get out there! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on April 19, 2010 at 10:37 am

    This is such an amazing charity. I love that the people who have injured themselves fighting for us get a chance to feel normal again. Kudos to your husband for riding so far while pushing someone else. It’s so selfless.

  4. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on April 19, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    what an amazing cause…thank you so much for sharing! i’m not sure if we have any extra money we can donate right now, but i’m passing this link on to my family and friends. i’m so thankful for what your husband’s friend sacrificed for all of us!

  5. Jessica @ How Sweet said on April 19, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    What an amazing cause! It is so inspiring that your husband does this and I can tell he is so selfless – what a wonderful guy. Now can I please meet your family? πŸ™‚

  6. Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries said on April 19, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    This is so inspiring! Thank you for sharing this with us πŸ˜€ Can’t wait to read the recap!

  7. Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) said on April 19, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Wow, that is so inspiring, thank you so much for sharing this!

  8. Jenn ( said on April 19, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    That’s a beautiful first picture!! πŸ˜€ I love hearing stories like this. My husband and I have the utmost respect and gratitude for all of the selfless men and women that bravely serve our country. Without them, we wouldn’t have such an amazing country.

    This is such a worthy cause, and one that I am so happy to see in the food and healthy living community. We should be reminded more often of all the things to be thankful for. πŸ™‚

    I’m going to link to this post on my next blog update!


  9. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said on April 19, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    What an amazing man your husband is and the whole story & cause. Amazing!

  10. Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) said on April 20, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Your husband rocks. I am in awe (and that rarely if never happens).

  11. The Candid RD said on April 20, 2010 at 7:35 am

    Oh wow. I can’t believe how wonderful this is. you should be so proud to have such a caring husband (I’m sure you are) as that’s not something that everyone would do. That man is probably so proud to finally be “riding” a bike. Amazing. Enjoy being able to watch it live this year!! Take some photos and post again, this is just outstanding!

  12. Erica said on April 20, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Wow! Such an inspirational story! Your husband is truly a blessing for doing this πŸ™‚

  13. Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly said on April 20, 2010 at 10:45 am

    I have one word: Amazing!