Paralyzed Man Completes Coast-to-Coast Motorcycle Ride

Rick Davidson, of Olathe, KS, returned Sunday, June 19 from a 16 day coast-to-coast motorcycle trip for spinal cord injury awareness and res...

Rick DavidsonRick Davidson, of Olathe, KS, returned Sunday, June 19 from a 16 day coast-to-coast motorcycle trip for spinal cord injury awareness and research. Rick was injured 17 years ago in a freak motorcycle accident that left him paralyzed from the chin down and now relies on a ventilator to breath.

Rick completed the trip on a specially designed trailer towed from a 2003 Harley Davidson Electra Glide. The trip began from his home on June 3rd, along with 2 nurses and some close friends. They proceeded to Montgomery, New York to mark the "official" start of the trip, running from Orange County Choppers on June 6th. After a tour of the OCC facility, Rick and his team headed to Washington, DC for a meeting at the White House with Vice President Cheney's Legislative staff and President Bush's public liaison. The official Coast to Coast portion of the trip ended in Burbank, CA on June 14th with a meeting with Jay Leno for a taping of the Tonight Show.

Rick will be returning to Washington, DC the week of July 11th to speak with Congressional members regarding 3 bills currently being considered, "Money Follows the Person", "Christopher Reeve Paralysis Act" and "Medicaid Community-Based Attendant Services and Supports Act of 2005 (MiCASSA).

For more info on Rick and his motorcycle trip, visit his website.

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