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Pedal from Canada to Mexico is Possible
I have a brother who has been a quadriplegic for nearly 50 years and as a Craig Foundation Board Member for six years I have become very familiar with the challenges that individuals and their families have to overcome when faced with an unexpected catastrophic spinal cord or traumatic brain injury. I have seen that with the training and expert resource that Craig provides them, they move well beyond their injury and live productive successful lives. Their inspirational stories have led me to believe that not only is there no whining, there is absolutely no excuse not to take on any challenge.
So rather than do the P4P Century ride, we decided to make up our own version and do 20 P4P Century rides cycling from Canada to Mexico (no E-bike cheating). We want to raise funds for the Don and Melba Rugg Assistive Technology Laboratory which develops and adapts technology and equipment to enrich the lives of SCI and TBI patents.
As part of this fund raiser, Jan and I are providing $100,000 as matching funds for the effort which will go into a new endowment to provide equipment to the Rugg Lab and to their patients that cannot afford the equipment. This new endowment will be called the Joseph E Durham Assistive Technology Fund after my brother Joe. Joe was injured in a high school football injury in 1972, but went on to finish high school, then college, and had a successful career at Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Joe is pictured above with my wife Jan at the Black Canyon National Park. I want to note that he is using a reclining wheelchair, which was originally invented for quadriplegics in the 50’s by Don Rugg, a great researcher, dear friend, and an inspiration to all he met.
To learn more about the Don and Melba Rugg Assistive Technology Laboratory: https://craighospital.org/services/assistive-technology
Follow our trip on my first ever blog: www.DurhamPacificCoastRide.com
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