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500 Cyclists Participate In Soldier Ride

One-Day cycling event raises money for wounded vets

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SAN ANTONIO - Hundreds of wounded warriors and cyclists made their way through San Antonio on Saturday for this year's Soldier Ride.

The race takes place in 12 cities across the U.S. This year was the first time it was held in San Antonio.

The one-day cycling event is geared toward raising awareness and money for the Wounded Warrior Project.

The Wounded Warrior Project funds state-of-the-art equipment, including adaptive hand cycles and bicycles, to accommodate all kinds of injuries and disabilities.

"They put their lives on the line," said Matt Hester, a rider from Houston. "They come back and they don't have much. The Wounded Warrior project is just a great way for everyone to donate and say thank you, to give something back to these guys that give so much to us."

The Soldier Ride gives the community a chance to not only show their support, but also to ride alongside wounded warriors.

Shane Parsons, who lost both his legs after a roadside bombing in Baghdad, said he's riding to honor those soldiers who never made it back.

"It's just a sacrifice for a couple of my fallen soldiers, the fact that they couldn't be here," said Parsons. "They are in heart, so, I'm just ready to pull through the pain and just do it."

The Soldier Ride also serves as part of the recovery process, said Angela Hemmen, one of the event organizers. Hemmen said it gives vets a chance to get back out there.

"We want to honor and empower warriors," she said. "And, you see hundreds of people come out to every city we go to, just to show their support and say, thank you."

Parsons said Saturday he is very thankful.

"Just thank you for the Wounded Project," he said. "For giving me a chance to prove myself again. to show what we're made of."


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