Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Update on Mary Kay Engel’s Riding for Rehab Cross Country Feat

Mary Kay Engle continues her Ride for Rehab through Louisiana and Mississippi this week. She is riding with a group of other women bicyclists, all over the age of 50. One rider is a stroke survivor. Her goal is to raise money for the Rocky Mountain Stroke Association to be used for scholarships for stroke survivors. In 2006, Mary Kay’s sister, Kathy, suffered a stroke. As is often the case with stroke survivors, Kathy’s immediate care used up available insurance money. Through the efforts of her family and friends, Kathy’s rehabilitation continues. Specifically, through the affordable services and scholarships available through RMSA, Kathy is able to attend weekly therapy classes, gaining improvements physically and emotionally.

Mary Kay’s preparation began months ago as she turned her casual bike riding into true cycling, pushing herself on longer and longer rides. She learned about this group of women planning to ride cross country for various causes and she knew it would be something for her. She made the commitment last fall to join the group, buying a new bike, working out more diligently, and planning how she would be away from her family for two months. Mary Kay’s ride began on March 6 and will end in St Augustine, Florida on May 2nd. when the riders dip their front tires in the Atlantic Ocean!

You can see photos, read Mary Kay’s observations and donate at

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