|[February 14, 2013]
UnitedHealthcare, Ride 2 Recovery and Veterans Present One-of-a-Kind Valentine's Gift to Simi Valley Disabled Cyclist
WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Ride 2 Recovery officials, UnitedHealthcare executives and veterans
surprised Simi Valley disabled cyclist Jon Seyster with a one-of-a-kind
Valentine's gift - "Cœur d'Or" (Heart of Gold) - a customized hand cycle
specially designed for him. Seyster, an avid supporter of wounded
veterans, participates in Ride 2 Recovery rides across the nation.
Grant Snyder, west region vice president, UnitedHealthcare (right) shows Jon Seyster, 28, of Simi Valley, his surprise Valentine's Day gift, a new, custom-built hand cycle named "Coeur d'Or" (Heart of Gld) at Performance Bike Shop in Woodland Hills (Photo: Pedja Radenkovic).
The new hand cycle is among the lightest ever built with a customized
pedaling system and replaces an older, much heavier hand cycle that
Seyster has been riding with the veterans for nearly two years. The new
cycle will enable Seyster, diagnosed with cerebral palsy and hearing
loss, to continue participating in Ride 2 Recovery's long-distance rides
including the 2013 Golden State Challenge, where hundreds of injured
veterans and their supporters will embark on a week-long, 450-mile ride
in October from the San Francisco Bay area to Santa Monica.
Ride 2 Recovery is a nonprofit organization that supports physical and
psychological rehabilitation programs for injured veterans, featuring
cycling as its core activity. From indoor spinning training at military
installations to multiday, long-distance rides, Ride 2 Recovery helps
injured veterans heal through the challenge of cycling long distances
using hand cycles, recumbents, tandems and traditional road bikes.
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