This weekend, I made the short drive to beautiful Tyler, TX and attended the Beauty & The Beast Bike Tour. The tour is organized by the Tyler Bicycle Club and included distances ranging from 13 to 67 miles. The tour began at the KE Bushman's Winery & Celebration Center and took cyclists along miles of Tyler countryside (Beauty) and one, really challenging hill (The Beast).
This year, proceeds from the event went to a local nonprofit, Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation. They are a great organization, lead by Dick Goetz--a man with a talent in golf and a heart of gold. The group holds a golf event each fall for wounded service members and the entire city of Tyler has done a great job honoring the warriors who attend.
For the bike tour, Texas Wounded Warrior invited Team Hope For The Warriors® to attend. One warrior who attended was a Marine currently in rehabilitation at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. He is a single arm amputee and an avid athlete who likes to run and now cycle.
To support this warrior's recovery, Texas Wounded Warrior donated a recumbent bike to the Marine. However, the group took a step further too. It is their belief, and our belief too, that a key component of supporting the service member means that we also support his family. And with that in mind, the group also generously donated a bike to the Marine's wife. Now this Marine can train and compete in races, or just enjoy a leisurely ride, with his wife by his side.
Hope For The Warriors thanks Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation for their generous donation and ongoing support. We also thank the Tyler Bicycle Club for their commitment to our military families. They put on a great event that gathered hundreds of cyclists from near and far.
Our warrior and his wife loved the bike tour, the Tyler countryside and the bikes. Cycling will definitely become a new part of the warrior's recovery and the couple's life.