Cat's Ride for Life

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My name is Catherine "Cat" Brubaker, and I am a Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor (x2). I have had to relearn how to walk, talk, and regain cognitive function twice over the last 4 years with intensive therapy. It hasn't been easy but with sheer tenacity, will power, and help from others I am taking my life back.

About 9 months ago, I walked into Sun Cyclery bike shop using my walker and purchased a recumbent trike and it has changed my life. I've been able to regain my independence, confidence, and rebuild my body.

I have accepted the challenge of riding 5,200 miles across country (from WA to FL) with SpokesFightingStrokes.org. I want to show others that you can overcome obstacles one step at a time, or in my case, one pedal at a time. We'll be leaving on June 23rd, 2014 from Anacortes, WA so I need your help quickly! The ride will end in Key West FL 5 months later. I have never felt more passionate about doing something like this in my entire life!

Your generous donation will cover food, fuel, and costs associated with the trip (support van/camping fees/bike supplies).
Your support for me and the cause will be greatly appreciated. Help me be AMAZING and show the world that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!



Catherine "Cat" Brubak
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Thank you so very much for all of your support.
Now that I am home and have reached the end of the road but my journey has just begun. I find myself facing new challenges of organizing my space and daily tasks. I will continue to ride and teach others to ride. It is with deep gratitude that I say thank you.

I will continue to share my story and raising hope and awareness with riding, speaking engagements and a book in the near future. I look forward to sharing with you.
2014 The Road To Margaritaville
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So those of you who have facebook, this is a repeat.
Some of you do not.
We have made it to Orlando!

We are super excited to visit the Catrike manufacturing plant tomorrow by invitation and have been invites to speak at a bike club Florida Freewheelers next year.

There are only a few more riding days left in this tour. It is a mixed emotion as I ride criss cross Florida to the gulf of Mexico and then finally down to the Keys
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I had quite an emotional reaction today when I actually saw the gulf water from my trike.
I can't believe we pedaled all that way. Now we turn left and head to Florida. 1 more month to go!
We made it to the gulf of Mobile Alabama
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Melissa Hood-Stanton
46 months ago

My family and I wish you and Dan the best of luck in all that you do! It was such a pleasure to meet the both of you, and in my kids words, you two are "AWESOME!" I posted the picture on facebook, along with everything I could to help promote your cause! Sorry, I could not find a facebook page for you or Dan, but I would love it if y'all could send me an invite so we could keep up with your accomplishments, which we are sure will be many!!

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Crystal McPhaul
47 months ago

You light up my life, you give me hope to carry on. Your my own personal Angel. A gift from god to me. What a blessing to have you as my cousin. I don't even have the proper words to say how much I love you. Whenever I think of you i hear the song from Rocky :Eye of the tiger:. You are amazing now and as kids the dsme. You don't know the word vout. Miss you like crazy but so excited for you. 2015 your training me!!!!!!

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Gayla Evers
49 months ago

You are inspiring Cat!

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Vernida Clark
50 months ago

Hi Catherine, I met u at the fundraiser n just wanted to say good luck your journey and u and your team be safe, and God bless to u all

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Tina Foster-Weir
52 months ago

Hi Catherine-I worked with you at USAA. Sorry to hear you have been through so much. I think it's amazing what you are doing. My brother is also a TBI survivor. Good luck on your ride!!

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$30
Patricia Blanton
45 months ago

Cathy, following you all the way. I am so excited for you. See you when you get home to Phx. Love you lots. Pat

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Anonymous
45 months ago
MC
$50
Michael Coss
46 months ago

I would like to commend you and Dan and what you are both doing to give hope and inspiration to other's. You inspire me daily to give 120% in my rehab so that I keep improving with my walking and with my speech. Thank you for being a guiding light in my recovery. Enjoy the rest of your trip. Your friend, Michael

BB
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Bill and Louise Berette
46 months ago (Offline Donation)

We want to give you a little something for your efforts along the way. Be ready for the Lord

CD
$30
Charolette, Eartha, and Diane
46 months ago (Offline Donation)

Great job! We are excited to be part of your journey. Keep up the good work and be safe! We can't wait to tell our kids about what you're doing.

$50
Anonymous
46 months ago
$20
Anonymous
47 months ago (Offline Donation)
WK
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Wayne Kurt
47 months ago

Cat, when I think of you following the path to Florida, I can’t help but think that you are also blazing a trail as you go. It’s not so much that you ride, but the way you do it. You have a “zest for life”, or Joie de vivre (Joy of living). To live this way after all you have suffered makes your trail a “Trail of Hope”. I’ll be with you in spirit to the end.

Melissa Hood-Stanton
46 months ago

My family and I wish you and Dan the best of luck in all that you do! It was such a pleasure to meet the both of you, and in my kids words, you two are "AWESOME!" I posted the picture on facebook, along with everything I could to help promote your cause! Sorry, I could not find a facebook page for you or Dan, but I would love it if y'all could send me an invite so we could keep up with your accomplishments, which we are sure will be many!!

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Crystal McPhaul
47 months ago

You light up my life, you give me hope to carry on. Your my own personal Angel. A gift from god to me. What a blessing to have you as my cousin. I don't even have the proper words to say how much I love you. Whenever I think of you i hear the song from Rocky :Eye of the tiger:. You are amazing now and as kids the dsme. You don't know the word vout. Miss you like crazy but so excited for you. 2015 your training me!!!!!!

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Gayla Evers
49 months ago

You are inspiring Cat!

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Vernida Clark
50 months ago

Hi Catherine, I met u at the fundraiser n just wanted to say good luck your journey and u and your team be safe, and God bless to u all

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Tina Foster-Weir
52 months ago

Hi Catherine-I worked with you at USAA. Sorry to hear you have been through so much. I think it's amazing what you are doing. My brother is also a TBI survivor. Good luck on your ride!!

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