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LivFit takes part in Spinning Nation 2010

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Those who participated in the Spinning Nation 2010 event include (in the back row from left) Becky Pichon, Jurate Pezze, William Turner, Billie Jo Stewart, Dr. Gregory Lewis, Lanette Lewis, Kendra Knudtson, Dr. Dana Howd, Linda Verchimak, (in the front row from left) Pam Butler, Valerie Tucker, Sheila Riccolo and Lydia Matuszewski.

LivFit Studio participated in a fundraising event, called Spinning Nation 2010, in conjunction with many other fitness facilities across the nation.

One hundred percent of the donations collected on Saturday, Feb. 27 were to benefit the Ride 2 Recovery program by providing support for the wounded warriors and veterans who participate in the Ride 2 Recovery program. The program provides bikes, technical equipment, clinics and outings for participants and improve their overall health and morale.

LivFit Studio had 13 participants who rode 2.5 hours on our Spinner bikes on Feb. 27. Altogether, LivFit raised more than $2,600 to help benefit the Ride 2 Recovery program.

LivFit Studio started its ride off by paying respect to the veterans who are fighting and have fought for our country. It was followed by a moment of silence for those who have lost their lives protecting their country.

The following is a profile of just one of America’s wounded warriors:

U.S. Army Captain Ferris Butler was on patrol in Sunni Triangle, Iraq, in December 2006 when an improvised explosive device tore through his Humvee.

Butler lost his left leg and most of his right foot from the attack. For 15 months, a glum Butler was confined to a wheelchair while doctors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. worked to get him walking again.

But before he could walk, he had the chance to learn how to ride a bicycle.

Butler received his first “bike leg” prosthetic on March 4 and promptly went for a ride in nearby Rock Creek Park with other Walter Reed military amputees and former pro cyclist and Mercury pro team manager John Wordin. Wordin had started a non-profit rehab program called Road 2 Recovery to support wounded warriors, using cycling as a means to address overcoming injuries.

With a little help and lots of encouragement, Butler made his way up some short, but steep hills. Capt. Butler made those climbs on his bike just 30 days after his war-damaged left leg was amputated. He fought to save it, enduring 53 surgeries before it was replaced with a carbon-fiber surrogate.

Just 70 days later, a tanned and fit Butler talked about his next big challenge: A six-day, 480-mile Road 2 Recovery bike ride from Walter Reed to Charlotte and a lap around Lowe’s Motor Speedway before the start of the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR race.

“The trip is not  so much about having fun as it was about transforming your new body with something you can work with the rest of your life,” stated Butler.

Then last September, Butler had to have his other leg amputated because of lack of stability in his damaged limb. He was not sad or depressed, just the opposite, he counted the days until his new prosthetic would show up and he would be able to resume riding his bike. He soon began riding a Star Trac Spin bike that had been donated to Walter Reed through the R2R program.

His goal this time, as a double amputee, is the upcoming R2R Texas Challenge, beginning March 30 at the Center for the Intrepid. The CFI is a place where other wounded warriors recovering from serious injuries are rehabilitated. Some of them will join Butler on the ride.

“I’ve just come to the realization that life is not over,” says Butler, of southern Maryland. “I’m going to go on and do probably bigger and better things.”

Lanette Lewis of LivFit Studio and this year’s participants look forward to being a part of this incredible event next year.

Lewis’ goal is to fill every bike at the studio and at least double the fundraising efforts.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to everyone who participated and to all who sponsored a rider by their generous donation,” Lewis said.

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