They will spend the next year biking through all 50 states to raise money for two important causes: helping injured veterans rehabilitate and helping families in Africa without transportation. They started in San Diego on Saturday and have made it as far as Cleveland National Forest.
They are raising money to purchase hand-powered bicycles for use by veterans who have had leg amputations after combat injuries. They are working with the Freedom Team of Wounded Veterans of Achilles International. Achiles International has been helping injured veterans rehabilitate and even complete marathons. They work with veterans treated at Walter Reed, Brooke Army Medical Center, and Balboa Medical Center.
They will also be raising money to donate bikes to families in Africa for whom a bike can mean the chance to get to a job, move good to and from market, and the ability to achieve access to health care through World Bicycle Relief
Meredith and I will run the Marine Corps Marathon this fall as part of Team Fisher House. We will be raising money to support the Fisher Houses, homes away from home for families of injured troops undergoing treatment at military medical centers.
Thank you for visiting. I am Chris Coppola, a pediatric surgeon. I was deployed to Iraq in 2005 and 2007 with the US Air Force. As a trauma surgeon at a combat support hospital in Balad, Iraq (42 miles north of Baghdad), I treated injured troops, detainees, civilians, and children. My experiences are published by NTI Upstream. Drop by here for updates and discussions about our troops and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.