Known as the World’s Toughest Bike Race, cyclists from all over the world come to test themselves in this long distance race across the U.S. Cyclists began their journey in Oceanside California nine days ago on their quest to the finish line in Annapolis, MD. You’ve seen many a cyclists travel through Pratt on their 3000 mile bike ride to the finish line this week.
One of those teams’ planned on making the ride in just six days in order to raise funds and awareness for the hundreds of thousands of American service members suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post Traumatic Stress (PTS).
The eight riders of Team Intrepid Fallen Heroes – who are currently in first place — intend to raise at least $600,000 for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, which has embarked on a mission to build nine Intrepid Spirit Centers at military bases and medical centers across the country to diagnose and treat soldiers with TBI and PTS without separating them from their units and families, something doctors say is critical to their care.
These Centers are built through the support of the American public –without one cent of government money – and the need for them is tremendous. This is a great chance for your station and your audience to support our troops through a grassroots effort that is passing right through your backyard! If you are interested, interviews with team members, wounded warriors and others are available, as well as short reader and PSA scripts. There is also a new country song out which was written for all those military members suffering from these invisible wounds, which we would be happy to provide. (details and link below)
More information is below – but if you would like to discuss the race, the team or the organization– feel free to contact me and visit any of these sites:
The song “Ghosts In His Eyes” by Jamie Lee Thurston was launched to honor America’s Veterans and inspire the American public to contribute to the teams effort. The song details the difficult and emotional journey many of our service members experience when coping with TBI and PTS.