"Rich's Ride" raises money, spreads hope across Florida | News
Clearwater, Florida -- A handcyclist is making a difference all along Florida's coast.
Rich Dixon started his 1,000-mile ride in Jacksonville, cycling down the Atlantic Coast and up the Gulf Coast. By the beginning of March, he'll finish in Tallahassee.
There are a lot of reasons Dixon started Rich's Ride.
"Because I'm crazy," he jokes.
Another reason: he's partnering with the nonprofit Convoy of Hope on this journey, so that all the money he raises goes toward feeding children.
His most personal reason: to spread a message of hope.
"You don't have to be defined by what you can't do," Dixon says.
What he can't do is walk. He fell off his roof while putting up Christmas lights years ago, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down.
"For about ten years after my injury, I was pretty mad, got pretty depressed, thought God had given up on me and I pretty much gave up on him," he recalls.
But handcycling helped bring him back. Now, he's traveling the state with his wife and his dog.
"I want people to know that you don't have to define yourself by limitations, that you can still do interesting, fun stuff even though you've encountered adversity in your life," he says.
You can follow every mile of his journey from the comfort of your computer. His website features a blog, calendar, and map of where he's headed.
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