…Five Boro Bike Tour 42 Mile Journey
/EINPresswire.com/ Non-Profit “Kids of Courage” the largest national medically supervised all volunteer travel adventure organization is participating in the TD Five Boro Bike Tour
On Sunday, May 2, 10 seriously ill children and young adults will ride with 50 Kids of Courage volunteers in a 42 mile journey on wheels. Kids of Courage, a year round medically supervised travel and adventure program for children and young adults with life threatening conditions is a charity partner in the NYC Five Boro Bike Tour. The group of participants will include a young man with muscular dystrophy who requires an assistive portable ventilator breathing device, a teenager with spina bifida and lower extremity paralysis, a young adult with cerebral palsy, a teenager with acute leukemia, a young lady with a birth defect that left her with no arms and other participants. The participants will be monitored and assisted by the Kids of Courage medical team as well as their incredible volunteers who have raised money to participate in the event. The medical director and co-founder Dr. Stuart Ditchek will be riding a specially adapted bicycle with the young man with ventilator dependent muscular dystrophy as his partner. Ari Adlerstein another co-founder will be riding and handling logistics for team Kids of Courage. Howie Kafka, co-founder and chief paramedic for the group will be traveling along the route monitoring medical needs, communications and providing emergency care coordination. The specially adapted bicycles were secured by program coordinator Ari Dobkin who will be participating as well.
Kids of Courage travels throughout the United States with the most medically fragile children and young adults including many who require oxygen, specialized equipment, gastrostomy feedings and a wide variety of support and medical care. Planning and coordinating these trips and events takes months and tremendous coordination of care.
There are no salaries or compensations to the Kids of Courage staff other than a part time administrative assistant. All funds that are raised are used to provide adventure and travel for the kids as well as allow the parents time to breathe and regain their momentum to care for these unique individuals. Trips and events are free of charge to the families that Kids of Courage serves.
WHO: 10 seriously ill children and young adults as well as 50 volunteers to make it happen.
WHAT: A 42 mile biking adventure through the five boroughs
WHERE: Battery Park Five Boro Bike Tour start stage
WHEN: 6:30AM, Sunday May 2
CONTACT: Stuart H. Ditchek, M.D. FAAP 646-465-3880