On July 20th, 2015, a life-changing event occurred during my weekly bike ride with friends. With only 3 miles left to ride, I was hit by a car. I was traveling down a hill and the car made a left turn right into me. The driver said to the police “I thought I could beat him in the turn”. I woke up in Hartford Hospital where I spent a little over two weeks in the ICU and went through 40 hours of surgery. My whole face had to be reconstructed. Thanks to the amazing people at Hartford Hospital team, I now have the privilege to share my story of how lucky I am to be alive.
Now 8 years later, I want to give back. I will be riding my bike across the country starting in San Francisco back home to Connecticut and I would love to raise money for athletes that have been injured in car crashes. My goal is to raise $10,000 to donate to “Be Kind to Cyclists”, an organization whose mission revolves around fostering understanding and respect between motorists and cyclists through education and awareness initiatives. They also provide vital support to those whose lives have been forever changed by crashes involving motor vehicles through their Cyclist Tragedy Assistance Program.
Your donations will help make a difference in the lives of many cyclists like myself who have been injured in car crashes. Every little bit helps and I would be so grateful for your support. Thank you for your generosity!