Kansas City Man Completes Coast To Coast Motorcycle Trip for Spinal Cord Injury Awareness

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Rick Davidson completed 6,500 miles on a trailer towed behind a motorcycle for Spinal Cord Injury Awareness and Research. On July 9, he heads back to Washington, DC to speak with Congress about his accomplishment and to advocate changes for the disabled population.

Rick Davidson, 39, of Olathe, KS, returned Sunday, June 19 from a 16 day Coast to Coast Motorcycle Trip for Spinal Cord Injury Awareness and Research. Rick was injured 17 years ago in a freak motorcycle accident that left him paralyzed from the chin down and relying on a ventilator to breath for him.

Mr. Davidson, towed behind a donated 2003 Harley Davidson Electra Glide on a specially constructed trailer, began from his home June 3rd, along with 2 nurses and some close friends, and proceeded to Montgomery, New York to officially begin the trip from Orange County Choppers on June 6th. After a tour of the OCC facility, Rick and his team headed to Washington, DC and a meeting at the White House with Vice President Cheney’s Legislative staff and President Bush’s public liaison. The official Coast to Coast portion of the trip ended in Burbank, CA on June 14th with meeting Jay Leno and attending the taping of the Tonight Show.

Davidson, will be returning to Washington, DC the week of July 11th to speak with congressional members regarding 3 bills currently being considered,"Money Follows the Person", "Christopher Reeve Paralysis Act" and "Medicaid Community-Based Attendant Services and Supports Act of 2005 (MiCASSA).

Due to changes in his health care insurance, plans for upcoming fundraisers, to raise money to enable him to remain in his home, are currently underway. For more information, visit: http://www.rickdavidson.org.


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