Ohio Cyclist Inspired to Ride for Veterans

Ohio Cyclist Inspired to Ride for Veterans

Motivated by son’s combat injury, Doug Chivington, to raise funds to help struggling veterans

MARYSVILLE, OHIO – Doug Chivington is combining his passion for ultra-distance cycling and supporting military veterans into a yearlong quest to educate others about traumatic brain injuries and the mission of the Resurrecting Lives Foundation.

Chivington, 59, of Bellefontaine, plans to participate in several ultra-distance cycling events to raise funds for the Ohio-based foundation, which coordinates and advocates for a successful transition to a post-military career and life for veterans with traumatic brain injuries.

A lifelong runner and cyclist, Chivington has focused on ultra-distance cycling – events of 100 miles or more – for about 10 years. He has been able to train full-time after retiring in March from Honda of America, where he was a human resources manager.

While at Honda, he met Dr. Chrisanne Gordon, who founded the foundation, when she spoke to company officials about hiring veterans.

His interest in helping veterans is motivated by his son’s combat injury suffered in 2006 while he was serving in Iraq. His son has recovered but Chivington said he became an advocate for veterans with such injuries.

“God has given me the talent to sit on a bicycle for a long period of time,” he said. “I would like to ride with a purpose and support our Veterans.”

In addition to the foundation he said he is sponsored by Cycle Zone, a bicycle shop, and BRL Sports Nutrition.

He is training to set a state record for his age group (50-59) for the World UltraCycling Association. He plans to do it on September 11, traveling from the Cincinnati Zoo to the Toledo Zoo.

In 2020 he plans to participate in at least four ultra-distance cycling events. He hopes to raise at least $50,000 for the foundation. He also plans to meet with veterans and create a cycling team for the foundation.

“I would like to ride with a purpose and support our Veterans.”

“It will be mentally and physically challenging to do these events and there is a connection with veterans because recovering from a traumatic brain injury is mentally and physically challenging,” he said. “I don’t want them to give up.”

The foundation believes he can accomplish his goals, said Dr. Gordon.

“It is incredible,” she said. “We are so grateful for his efforts and proud to be a part of his journey.”

 

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For More Information, Contact:

Jim Lynch, 614-832-7295

 

Author Stan Crader Directs Book Proceeds to Help Struggling Veterans

Author Stan Crader Directs Book Proceeds to Help Struggling Veterans

Author Stan Crader, who writes and lectures about rural America, is donating all proceeds from his series of three books to the Resurrecting Lives Foundation, which coordinates and advocates for military veterans with combat-related traumatic brain injuries.

Crader, president of Crader Distributing Company – Blue Mountain Equipment in Marble Hill, Missouri, wrote his first novel The Bridge in 2007. Paperboy was published in 2010 and The Longest Year was published in 2012.

“The proceeds from each novel was initially directed to a local charity…but now all proceeds from all novels are directed to Resurrecting Lives Foundation,” he said. He was introduced to the non-profit foundation from a friend who was involved with Wounded Warriors. He is now a member of the foundation’s board.

An estimated 20% to 25% of the nearly 3.2 million returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan have a traumatic brain injury and an estimated 30% have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.\

Crader, who was raised in a small Missouri town, set his novels in the late 1960s in the small fictional town of Colby, His first book spent several days on Amazon’s best-seller list for Christian fiction.

His family and those who received his company’s quarterly newsletter and humorous family Christmas letters encouraged him to write a book, he said. While the stories are fiction, the characters are a blend of people he knew while growing up. There’s also a thread of truth in some scenarios, he said.

“They’re realistic, and take the reader on the full emotional curve…and evokes many treasured memories of their childhood,” Crader said of his books. “The target audience is baby boomers, particularly those who grew up in towns of less than 50,000 people, but I’ve found that readers who came of age in New York City find the stories interesting.”

Crader said readers encouraged him to continue tales of Colby and its residents after his first novel. He is contemplating a fourth novel in the series, tentatively titled Approach the Bench.

“I’m inspired to write or speak when there’s something to be said,” he said. “Rural America, when responsibility ruled the day, is slowly evaporating…and is now replaced by sidewalk-free neighborhoods filled with kids looking at their screens and texting a friend who is nearby.”

Crader has a website, stancrader.com. His books are available on Amazon.com.

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For More Information, Contact:

Jim Lynch, 614-832-7295

Resurrecting Lives Foundation expands it Employment Initiative to Marines at Camp Lejeune, NC.

 

Resurrecting Lives Foundation recently made a trip to Camp Lejeune to introduce and make plans to bring its “CO to CEO Employment Initiative” to the Marines at The Warrior Hope Center at Camp Lejeune NC.  The Warrior Hope and Care Centers provide medical care, mental health counseling, professional training and education, physical conditioning and transition services for wounded, ill, and injured Marines and Sailors.
While visiting at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Dr Chrisanne  Gordon was able to visit the United States Marine Corps, Wound Warrior Battalion East (WWBn-E) of the Wounded Warrior Regiment.  The Marine Corps through the Wounded Warrior Regiment (WWR), has made an enduring commitment to keep faith with those who sacrificed much.  When a Marine is wounded, falls ill, or is injured, comprehensive and coordinated medical and non-medical support become vitally important.

The Warrior Hope Center

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Entrance to Hope Center, Work Out Room, Dr. Chrisanne Gordon with Artist Craig Bone

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Paintings at Entrance to Hope Center, Retired MGySgt Rob Saul poses in from of the a statue in front of The Warrior and Care Center.

United States Marine Corps, Wound Warrior Battalion East (WWBn-E)

The focus of effort for WWBn-E is taking care of wounded, ill and injured Marines and their families as they proceed through the Integrated Disability Evaluation System process. With a full-time staff of more than 200 Marines, Sailors and civilian professionals, we are dedicated to ensuring care of our Wounded Warriors throughout the recovery and transition process.

There motto and emblem are shown below:
ETIAM IN PUGNA – “Still in the Fight”

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To read more on the Wounded Warrior Regiment, Battalion East, Please click here.

Fisher House

Lastly, while at Lejeune they made a visit to the Fisher House. Since 1991 Fisher Houses have been serving military families during times of medical crisis, it serves as a home away from home and allows military families to stay together during a serious medical condition.

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