Ride 2 Recovery: Florida Challenge

Ride 2 Recovery: Florida Challenge

By Joe Lee

As about 200 wounded veterans and their supporters cycle through Florida, today, the third annual Ride 2 Recovery (R2R) Florida Challenge enters its third day.

Whe the ride is complete on November 21, the riders will have trekked more than 350 miles, from Tampa to Jacksonville, Florida, in an effort to raise funds to support veteran rehabilitation programs. In addition, a live, online auction is now taking bids on various products and services to support R2R.

Many of the participants ride on specially designed, high-tech bicycles, hand cycles, recumbent and traditional road bikes – many of which are custom built for veterans by R2R.

The riders left Ocala, Florida, this morning at 10 A.M., heading to Gainesville – home of the Florida Gators. The group will be treated to a hero’s welcome, including a basketball game between Florida and the North Carolina Tar Heels.

Justin Minyard from Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, fist came out to R2R back in May at the Memorial Challenge in Virginia. It was his first effort after suffering from major back surgery and its lingering treatment. In the months since that ride, Justin has really taken to his new trike and has put together a regular training schedule and has been riding 200 miles per week and has lost more than 40 pounds. He wants to begin racing and hope to participate in the upcoming Warrior Games.

Another is Delvin McMillian, riding on his new quad racer. Delvin rides without hands or arms and his prosthetics connect him to the bike and allow him to enjoy the freedom that cycling provides. Everyone marvels at how well he can ride. R2R has broken some great technological ground in the adapted bikes it provides the injured veterans. Today, Delvin became the first person to ride a hydraulic disc brake road bike. The disc brakes allow increased braking power something that you have a hard time doing without hands.

Read more about R2R and find the ride guide on the R2R website, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

2 thoughts on “Ride 2 Recovery: Florida Challenge

  1. I want to say thank you to the R2R folks! A very special man is riding with you all on the Florida ride (November 18, 2010). I have listened to him talk about his training for the ride and hearing the excitement in his voice. He texts and calls me every day with the miles and updates. I am so very proud of him and all his brother’s and sister’s who are riding along.

    I am sorry I could not be there to help, but maybe next ride I will be :)

    Prayers to all of you!

  2. Second Chance Recovery Inc
    2456 Malibu Ln.
    North Port, Fl. 34286
    (941) 320-0478

    December 15, 2010

    We would appreciate if you would take the time to read the attached letter. We are Second Chance Recovery Inc. a 501©3 not for profit sober living home, and are in need of immediate funds to save our homes or we will have to close our doors and put people in need of help out on the street.
    We have three men’s homes and one woman’s home and are unique from the other recovery facilities in the area as we are Christ centered. We not only show them how to stay clean and sober we help to show them to show them the way to Christ.
    Any help you can give us in this matter will be greatly appreciated and if you can forward it to anyone you think may be able to help us would you please do so.


    Tom & Annie Guy
    Tom & Annie Guy
    Second Chance Recovery Inc.
    (941) 320-0478

    A Second Chance?

    What happens when a woman in Charlotte County makes the decision to turn to her life around, get help for her problems with alcohol and substance abuse? Where does she go? What supports are available to her to assist her in being successful with this transition? Recovery from addiction is extremely difficult for anyone who makes the decision to “get sober”, however, recovery for women in particular often holds additional challenges, Challenges that most certainly affect their ability to be successful.

    Recovery requires total surrender to a lack of control over the substance that the person is addicted to. Quite often it takes the loss of everything meaningful in one’s life before they reach this level of hopelessness. This is often the point at which a person is ready to accept powerlessness and begin the long difficult road back to becoming a productive member of society.

    Alcoholism and drug addiction has been acknowledged as an illness by the American Medical Association. Recovery is most often possible when the person recognizes that they have a 3- fold illness. Addiction is described as being a physical, mental and spiritual affliction. Healing must address all three of these components. Detoxification is the first step, which consist of an in-patient treatment program for 5-7 days to rid the body of the addictive toxins. The most proven path to success is follow up with 12 step recovery programs such as A.A. or N.A. These programs are thought to be successful because of their approach to the mental and physical components of addiction.

    A significant problem arises in the case of the woman who has lost everything, job, home, family support including her children. Where can they go after detox?
    The thought of being alone, on the street, in a homeless shelter, with no emotional support makes all the effort seem meaningless.

    There Is A Solution, a local program that offers just such support and hope to these women. Second Chance Recovery Inc, a Christian based residential treatment program for addicted women has been the catalyst to success for many women seeking a new life. Located in Charlotte County, Second Chance Recovery operates four houses. Three are for men and one is for women.

    Each house has the capacity to assist up to 6 residents at a time. Upon acceptance into the program, residents are required to sign a treatment agreement. They commit to attending no less than 5 treatment related meetings per week. One of these meetings is Celebrate Recovery, a Christian based recovery program hosted by First Alliance Church on Friday nights.

    Residents are required to attend 2 in house meetings per week, 2 other local 12 step support groups and a Church Service of their choice one day a week. Along with the support groups, men and women are also required to identify and work with a sponsor, someone who has successfully utilized 12 step recovery programs in their own life. They are required to be responsible for the home they live in, they must be accountable to others, and they must pay for their room and board. If there are any outstanding legal issues, they are required to address them. Living a clean and sober life requires; housecleaning, reprogramming of the mind and learning to be a responsible law abiding person with good morals and character.

    However, in the case of the women, this can often be more of a challenge than it appears to be. Finding employment has proven to be very difficult in most cases. Often the women have no marketable skills, they can be undereducated, or have poor employment histories. Lack of entry level, minimum wage jobs in the county has only exacerbated this problem. What happens in these cases? What is the policy of Second Chance Recovery? The policy is that every woman who sincerely wants to live a new life is never ever turned away. As long as she is working to maintain sobriety and grow as a responsible women, she is allowed to stay in the recovery home. Annie Guy, executive director of the woman’s house assists them to link up with local employment services. However, this has not been helpful enough.

    Costs to run the program are about $ 1,100-$ 1,300 a month per house. This covers only the rent, insurance, utilities and basic maintenance of the homes. All furniture, supplies and food is donated. The women each receive some benefits in the way of food stamps. Without these, the costs would skyrocket. Each resident is required to pay room and board of $100 weekly. If the houses were full to capacity at all times, and everyone was able to pay their share of the costs, things would work well. However, that is not the case. Over the past several months, monies
    from the three houses together has barely covered expenses and Annie has had to face the very real possibility that she will have to close the women’s house.

    Second Chance Recovery receives no Federal or State money, although they are a registered 501c3 non-profit organization.
    Second Chance Recovery receives no Federal or State money. They sometimes receive private donations that have helped, but the reality is that costs continue to exceed income. Unfortunately, if this happens, women of Charlotte County will lose a very powerful and successful model of change. And it won’t only be the alcoholic or addicted woman that will lose. The children that they so desperately want to love and parents will lose. Families will lose because the hope they had will have evaporated along with so many other services in these difficult economic times. Lastly, the people of Charlotte County will lose. We will lose because the opportunity for these women to recover and contribute to society will be gone.

    We live in a time that absolutely requires the spirit of community if we are to recover and thrive. It is the spirit of community that always answers the call for some of the most lost souls in our hometown. And it will be the spirit of Community that will help to save Second Chance Recovery and the Women’s house. Please help us raise $ 60,000 to save the women’s house. Please donate what you can by mailing donations to:

    Second Change Recovery
    2456 Malibu Lane
    North Port, FL 34286
    Phone : 941-257-8414

    GOD BLESS and Happy Holidays!!!!!
    Tom & Annie Guy

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