Freedom to Achieve – Barry Rice Ataxia Rocket Man

Depending on when you were born, you may remember people saying “be grateful you can tie your own laces”. This act was proof of health for many. You may be surprised to hear Barry Rice speak of his gratitude that he can perform this simple act, given he was handed the challenge of Friedreich’s Ataxia, a progressive neuromuscular disease which can take away balance, co-ordination and speech. This said, when Barry discovered a low-rider tricycle he felt exhilarated, enjoying a “sense of freedom and achievement”, and anyone who has seen him training against the backdrop of Dublin Bay, might have asked: is it a man, is it a rocket?

Barry Rice in Training

Barry Rice in Training

Not content with just feeling good on his bike, Barry wants us all to join in and share the joy. He found time and energy to organize a Charity Cycle for 10th August next which is open to all, including Sunday bikers who like a leisurely cycle before lunch. You can do from 12k to 100k whichever you fancy at the pace of your choice. For a mere €30, you get a Cycle Ataxia tee-shirt (if you sign up by 31st July), a goodie bag, refreshments during the cycle, AND a full lunch. Yep, we said AND lunch! We’re not saying Barry is making all the sambos, he has drafted in a lotta help. Which already makes this a great success. To donate or join in (on yer bike or as a fundraiser) check out cycleataxia.ie where you’ll see some right characters donning the cool CycleAtaxia tee-shirt. Good luck to all!

CycleAtaxia Tee-shirt

Got the Tee-shirt!

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