Thursday October 12, 2017
The 12th Annual Kelly Brush Ride, powered by VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, drew 810 cyclists and 40 adaptive athletes who raised more than $521,000 to empower those with paralysis through sport and recreation and to prevent ski racing injuries. The event, held this fall in Middlebury, is made possible by the Kelly Brush Foundation which was started by Kelly Brush and her family in 2006 after she sustained a severe spinal cord injury while racing in NCAA Div. 1 competition as a member of the Middlebury College Ski Team in Vermont.
To date, funds raised from the annual ride have contributed to the purchase of more than 475 pieces of adaptive sports equipment such as handcycles, sport wheelchairs, and monoskis to adaptive athletes in 47 states. In addition, the foundation has supported ski clubs and race organizations across the country in efforts to improve ski racing safety, helping protect thousands of racers around the country with safety netting, trail widening projects, and awareness campaigns.
“This incredible level of support from participants, and those who supported them, will help us continue improving the lives of those with paralysis through sport and recreation and further our mission to prevent ski racing injuries,” said Zeke Davisson, executive director of the Kelly Brush Foundation. “Last year we had nearly 200 requests for assistance purchasing adaptive gear and we expect that number to grow this year, as it has every year since we started the foundation more than a decade ago.”