We are proud to announce that Kate's Ride is now under the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization named Spirit of the Pack, whose mission is to assist individuals living with spinal cord injuries, their families, and organizations that help them.
Please visit http://www.spiritofthepack.org to find out more information. All contributions made to the organization are tax-deductable per IRS rules for non-profit organizations.
Kate's Ride will will start from B&PW park in Sealy, TX. This is a fully supported ride with rest stops and SAGS on roads with minimal traffic.
This is a BP MS150 recommended ride.
First 500 registrants are guaranteed an event t-shirt.
$35 - Through January 31
You may register on site on the DAY-OF-THE-RIDE - FEE IS $45 - cash or check only.
Kate Strickland was a college freshman enjoying that sense of freedom many get living away from home for the first time when tragedy struck. On October 1, 2013, Kate was riding her bike in Austin, Texas training for the University of Texas cycling team when she was hit by a car and broke her neck. Kate was left quadriplegic, paralyzed from her upper chest down and is unable to use her wrists or hands. Kate has had extensive hospital stays, surgeries and spent time at the Craig Hospital in Denver as well as TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston for rehabilitation therapy.
She needed a second spinal surgery in 2014 and then additional surgery in late 2016 to address a pressure sore that would not heal. Kate has now been treated at Memorial Hermann TIRR in Houston, the Craig Hospital in Denver, the Frazier Rehabilitation Institute in Louisville and the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.
Throughout all of this hardship, Kate continues to look ahead and generally with a positive attitude. Although she had to medically withdraw last fall, Kate is now a junior attending UT Austin pursuing a degree in Plan II (a challenging interdisciplinary honors program) and plans perhaps to go on to Law School. Returning to the University of Texas at Austin continues to be a trying experience for Kate and her family. Navigating the campus in a power wheelchair is much harder than walking or riding a bike. Kate requires a caregiver/personal assistant to help her throughout her days and nights. Those who know Kate know that she is working hard and will ultimately succeed.
Kate, and her family, are very grateful to the individuals and businesses that have contributed to putting Kate’s Ride on as well as donating funds on her behalf. One of the things that Kate insisted on after the first ride is that the money raised should be used to help others as well and not just her. There are many others besides Kate living with spinal cord injuries and proceeds from Kate’s Ride will be used to support those individuals, families and organizations in meeting their daily