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In June 2016 whilst training for RideLondon, the 100-mile charity cycle across London, Steven Dowd fell from his bike and sustained a devastating spinal cord injury at C3/C4. Immediately upon impact he lost all sensation and movement below his neck and was classified as tetraplegic – the total loss of use of all four limbs and torso.
Steven was fortunate to be enrolled in an experimental trial funded by Wings For Life, a not-for-profit foundation that supports world-class spinal code research and clinical trials around the globe.
In those first 200 days post surgery Steven challenged himself to get back to 'normal' by Christmas - the first #200DaysChallenge. Although not back to ‘normal’ Steven can now walk again unaided and has a new 200 Days Challenge – “to break the race that broke me”.
On 30th July, the same day as RideLondon takes place, Steven will attempt to static-cycle the 100 miles he originally trained for a year ago, in an ambitious time of less than 6 hours, and a team from BRUIN Financial will be joining him!
Steven is aiming to raise the 10k that Wings For Life funded for his surgery, and with the support of Red Bull who cover all the charity's operational costs, every penny will go directly into spinal cord injury research.
Joining Steven at the Red Bull Headquarters will be a team from BRUIN, who will static-cycle 100 miles, and if possible do it under his 6 hours target!
We are hoping to raise £2,000 for Wings for Life to assist Steven in his goal and any support towards this would be greatly appreciated.
Keep up to date with Steven's progress at:
#200DaysChallenge #SpinalCordInjury #WingsForLife