Jam the Damz is a cycling event in Colorado that benefits Craig Hospital, Adaptive Adventures and U.S. Handcycling. All three organizations provide adaptive programs for people with disabilities. Last year, over 200 riders raised more than $55,000. This year looks to be equally as promising.
The 2nd Annual Jam the Damz Colorado Charity Ride will take place on Saturday September 24, 2011 and will begin in Clement Park near Columbine High School in Littleton, CO.
To date, the top fundraiser is Laura Moss. Her father, Ted, sustained a spinal cord injury when his plane crashed in 2007.
“That was the hardest day of our lives,” remarked Laura, “but we were so thankful he survived. How many people do you know survive a plane crash? Even though our family was close, it brought us closer as a team – we all continue to work together.”
“My dad was athletic and physically fit prior to his accident. Within four months post-injury he was working out at a gym, driving, traveling…even kayaking! His mantra has always been, ‘these are the cards we are dealt.’ He not only dealt with those cards, he’s doing even more than he did prior to his accident!”Laura and Ted
One day, Laura decided to Google “Spinal Cord Research Fundraiser Colorado.” She was thrilled to find the Jam the Damz race. “Initially this was something we could do for my father to show our support. We never want him to think we forget what he’s going through every day of his life. What we found with Jam the Damz was inspiration…to see so many people on handcycles with similar injuries out enjoying and living their lives was a gift. It is so comforting and exciting knowing that my dad will be able to sneak out of Chicago and see other injured people and what they’ve accomplished. Matt Updike was instrumental in the challenge and education of the handcycling sport.” (Matt was a US Paralympian in handcycling in Beijing).
Family members are coming from Chicago, Steamboat and Denver to ride with and support Laura, Ted, and Jam the Damz. To date, Laura has raised more than $9000 for Craig Hospital, Adaptive Adventures, and U.S. Handcycling. And she still has two weeks to go before the event.
“We all know individuals who can transform hopeless situations into challenges to be overcome, just through the force of their personalities. This ability to persevere despite obstacles and setbacks is the quality people most admire in others, and justly so; it is probably the most important trait not only for succeeding in life, but for enjoying it as well.”
Go Moss Team!!
To find out more, or to follow Laura’s fundraising success, go to www.jamthedamz.org