Thomas Baskind on Why Cycle to the Sea is Such an Amazing Experience and Cause

Hi, I’m Thomas Baskind, and I wanted to share my experience on how one event has changed my friends life and positively impacted my own.

I hope you will join me in supporting this cause.

My first Cycle to the Sea ride was April 2013 and I have participated every year through 2018. Somehow it has been three years since my last ride, so I am very excited to be back this year!

The annual Cycle to the Sea ride raises awareness and advocacy for individuals with physical challenges while providing critical support for the Adaptive Sports & Adventures Program (ASAP) at Atrium Health Carolinas Rehabilitation. The ride, which begins at Atrium Health Union in Monroe, NC and ends in North Myrtle Beach, SC takes place over three days and involves numerous volunteers, able-bodied and adaptive cyclists, and ASAP administrators.

Cycle to the Sea provides a unique opportunity for experienced and novice riders to set goals and overcome them as a team. Since its inception in 1999, Cycle to the Sea has raised more than $1.1 million for ASAP, which provides competitive and recreational adaptive sports opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities and supporters and promotes the achievement of personal goals of adaptive athletes.

Every day, Carolinas Rehabilitation delivers high-quality inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative care for people of all ages who have suffered life-altering injuries and disease processes, such as spinal cord injury, brain injury, stroke, cancer and other injuries and diseases. As a not-for- profit hospital, Carolinas Rehabilitation relies on private philanthropic support to provide much of the additional personnel and equipment needed to develop and sustain innovative programs.

With your help, Carolinas Rehabilitation can continue to offer a variety of programs to youth and adults with physical challenges in the Charlotte community and surrounding areas at little or no cost to the participants.

Please consider donating to help support people with special needs.

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