Vibra Hospital Takes to the Bike Trail
The Business Development team at Vibra Hospital, an extended-stay, acute-care hospital in Thornton, hosted a bike ride on August 28, 2010, to raise money for Rocky Mountain Stroke Center (RMSC). "Team Vibra" raised just under $500 to support RMSC, a local non-profit agency that provides resources and support to stroke survivors. This family-oriented, fun bike ride was organized to increase awareness of stroke and stroke-related issues and was an offshoot of "Riding for Rehab," a larger fundraising effort for Rocky Mountain Stroke Center.
Vibra Hospital and Vista View Care Center, a skilled nursing facility located within Vibra Hospital, provide medical care and therapy services to a large number of stroke survivors and other medically complex patients. The bike riding team invited other healthcare workers from Denver metro hospitals, as well as local community members, family, and friends of Vibra staff to participate. The youngest "rider," Gavin Northouse, son of Vibra Clinical Liaison Brent Northouse, is just two years old.
"Riding for Rehab" began in 2009 and was the brainchild of Mary Kay Engel, whose sister Kathy suffered a severe stroke in June 2006. RMSC has been an integral part of Kathy's recovery efforts and has helped Kathy regain her confidence and independence. Rocky Mountain Stroke Center helps stroke survivors after their regular insurance coverage is no longer available. In 2009, Mary Kay rode across the U.S. to raise awareness of stroke and raise money for RMSC. This year, Mary Kay is riding her bicycle from Maine to Florida, beginning August 15, 2010.Her ride will take her a total of 1,675 miles in 25 days.
To learn more about "Riding for Rehab" and stroke, follow Mary Kay's travels via her daily blog, or to make a donation to Rocky Mountain Stroke Center, visit www.strokecolorado.org.
"Team Vibra" enjoyed their bike ride on August 28th and appreciated the opportunity to raise much-needed funds to support a wonderful non-profit organization.