Welcome to My Rally Campaign
Thank you for taking the time to visit my page. My name is Al and I discovered handcycling in 2008 through the City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Dept. They would take folks on rides to get those disabled outdoors and keep them active. I quickly fell in love with handcycling, so much so, that within a few months I went and purchased my own handcycle. And two months after getting my handcycle, I did the Tour de Cure (San Antonio to San Marcos). It was a 50 mile ride that took me about 8 hrs. I was tired and exhausted but completing it was the best feeling ever. I accomplished more than I thought I could.
Over the past 11 years, I have truly enjoyed my handcycle. Besides being outdoors, I love the feeling of going fast, wind in my face and just cranking as fast as I can. I sometimes find handcycling very addicting too as I always want to push myself to go further each time, Although every once in a while I enjoy just stopping and enjoying the scenery too.
Earlier this year, the frame on my handcycle was bent and is now unsafe to ride. I hoping to get a new handcycle, but cost of handcycles have really increased since 2008.
Why I'm Raising Funds
I am raising funds to purchase a new hand cycle. The Kelly Brush Foundation (KBF) has generously awarded me a grant towards a new handcycle and I have saved some of the funds needed. But I could use some help towards the last amount needed to purchase bike.
How I Got Here
I have lived with a SCI for over 24 years now. Twenty four years ago adaptive sports was very intimating to me, but in 2008 I was able to try handcycling and fell in love with it. Since then, handcycling has been a major part of my life used to stay active and enjoy the outdoors. It has also changed my life by giving me the confidence to explorer other adaptive sports too. I have tried golfing, wheelchair basketball, adaptive crossfit and monoskiing.
I also love bringing awareness to handcycling. Many times when I’m riding on the bike trail I get asked about my handcycle and people are always interested seeing me out riding. I feel in a way I’m able to inspire and motivate both disabled and able bodied folks.
I’d like to thank Kelly Brush Foundation for their support and allowing me to be an ambassador by bringing awareness to KFB, being a positive role model and to serve as an inspiration to other athletes (both disabled and able bodied).
Also, locally I ‘d like to thank Operation Comfort here in San Antonio for taking me out and lending me a bike to go on rides. This has helped me to stay active.
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Thank you for taking the time to read and consider donating to my cause. Every little bit helps me get closer to my goal.
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