While peddling hundreds of miles through Ohio and Indiana, more than a dozen riders stopped in Lima on their journey to raise money and awareness for youth amputees.
Born without a fibula, 18-year-old Laura Mullen has lived her whole live with a prosthetic leg, and for the past six years, she has attended Camp Joy, a summer camp for amputee youth. Helping to assist with the cost of camp last year, a group of cyclists known as the READY Riders, raised more than 15 thousand dollars for Laura and other youth to attend the camp. This year, Laura made it her mission to join the cause that made her visit to Camp Joy possible.
Standing for Riding to Empower Amputee Determined Youth, the READY Riders began their trip from the southern part of the state in Blue Ash, Ohio. Riding for six days straight, Laura and co-founder Mike Clark, as well as 12 other riders, made their trip into northern Indiana before heading southeast, coming to a stop Tuesday night in Lima.
An amputee himself, Mike Clark helped organize the group, but says he's still amazed at what the riders can do together.
Helping to lead the pack into Lima, Scott Lane has been an amputee for two years, following an accident on his motorcycle. For Scott, his experience has been unlike anything he could have ever imagined, stating he wouldn't trade it for anything, not even the leg he lost.
In the morning, the riders will head south towards Tipp City, Ohio, where along the way they may log their 600th mile.