Ride for Rachel

1On February 21st, 2015 I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Boise Aeros House of Pain (HOP) training center. The Boise Aeros sponsored the event “Ride for Rachel,” a fundraiser to raise money to help Rachel pay for her physical therapy bills. Her medical insurance will only pay for 20 physical therapy visits and the doctors think she will need 60 to work towards walking again. On September 16th, 2014 Rachel was struck while riding her bicycle in South Boise. Rachel’s condition was serious and she spent a lot of time in the ICU. Her injuries included a broken back, broken left clavicle, broken left elbow, several broken ribs, a broken sternum, a broken nose, and three brain contusions. Rachel has a love for biking, right before the accident, she was training for her biggest event yet, the Ironman World Championship which would take place on October 11 in Hawaii.  Rachel is continuously improving every day and the “Ride for Rachel” event was another stepping stone towards recovery. The Boise Aeros had 12 trainers going for 12 hours with riders who signed up to ride for Rachel. The riders rode 2060 miles and raised $5,200 dollars that was presented to Rachel at the end of the event.  I am excited to see Rachel’s continuous progress as she completes her physical therapy!


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