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Contact: Joy Morse
Fund Development Director
Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut (BIAC)
860.219.0291 x303
jmorse@biact.org

 

CHARITABLE BIKE RIDE FOR
BRAIN INJURY RECOVERY, PREVENTION IN CONNECTICUT CELEBRATES 10TH YEAR

-Routes Feature Beautiful Coastal Vistas and Historic Points of Interest
-Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities Available for May 11th Ride

Windsor, CT (April 17, 2019) – The Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut (BIAC), the state’s only nonprofit organization dedicated to brain injury prevention and recovery, today announced that the 10th Annual “Tour of Lights” Bike for Thought will take place on Saturday, May 11th  at the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point Campus in Groton, CT.

The 62-mile metric century course brings riders along southeastern Connecticut’s lighthouse- and history-rich coastline, through rural hills and farmland to the turnaround point located in scenic Watch Hill, RI. There is also a 25-mile course that brings riders to downtown Mystic before returning to Groton.

Early bird pricing is available through April 22nd; entrance fees for riders are $45 for the 62-mile ride and $30 for the 25-mile ride. Adaptive riders can participate free of charge. Riders are encouraged to fundraise via the FirstGiving platform, seeking the financial support of their community, colleagues, friends and family. Participants who commit to raising $100 will have their registration waived. Registration will also be available onsite prior to the 9:00am start time. All riders can register online.

All funds raised go to BIAC in support of their ongoing mission to provide crucial services for the survivors of brain injury and their families, as well as educative initiatives for the broader community. BIAC’s programs, which include a toll-free HelpLine, Support Groups and brain injury prevention and awareness programs, serve individuals throughout the state. All services and programs are available completely free of charge.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a growing, though lesser-recognized, health issue facing the U.S. and the world today. Each year, more than 3.5 million Americans will sustain a brain injury, which is the leading cause of injury-related death and disability in the United States. In Connecticut alone, approximately 35,000 state residents will sustain a brain injury in 2018. While the causes of TBI are many, including strokes, sports-related injuries and car accidents, injuries sustained during combat are a growing cause; the RAND Corporation has estimated that one in five veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have suffered a possible TBI. Brain injury survivors often face lifelong challenges and disabilities, requiring services and support from organizations like BIAC.

This year’s ride celebrates the founder and inspiration for the Bike for Thought, TBI survivor Joe Damon, a CT resident who relearned how to ride a road bike after suffering a near-death car accident and severe TBI in 2006. Cycling provided Damon with a much-needed outlet and vehicle of independence after an extended hospitalization, rehabilitation and dependence on others for basic care and everyday needs. Alongside “Team Joe”, Damon, 62, has ridden the metric century course every year since the Bike for Thought’s 2010 inception, as he plans to do again on May 11th.

"The BIAC family is so proud and excited to pedal back to Avery Point for our 10th year! The Tour of Lights showcases some of the state's most beautiful land and has become a perennial favorite for area cyclists, our sponsors and the community at large. To date, the Bike for Thought has raised over $150,000 for BIAC’s crucial support services and this year, with the help of our amazing partners and riders, we hope to add significantly to that sum," said Julie Peters, BIAC Executive Director. "We're committed to our mission of building brain injury awareness, being a partner in prevention and helping Connecticut's most vulnerable citizens, and their families, navigate the road to recovery."

Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available, and individuals and groups who cannot ride but are inspired to donate are encouraged to do so. BIAC is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt agency; all donations are deductible as allowed by current law.

For more information about the Tour of Lights Bike for Thought, sponsorship opportunities and/or to learn more about BIAC’s services, please visit www.biact.org or call 860-219-0291.

 

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Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut Announces 2015 BIAC Annual Award Winners 

Windsor, CT (March 12 2015) - The 2015 BIAC Annual Award winners were announced at the BIAC Annual Conference on March 6, 2015 at the Hilton Hartford.  Winners include Senator Beth Bye, Wendy Borawski (CzepigaDalyPope), Frontier Communications, Anthony Alessi, Tom Schuck & the Trinity College Neuroscience Students.  We congratulate all of the winners for their outstanding contributions.

6th Annual Coastal Bike Ride to Raise Funds for Brain Injury Awareness, Support and Prevention in Connecticut

Windsor, CT (March 12, 2015) – The Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut (BIAC) announced today that the 6th Annual Tour of Lights Bike-a-Thon will take place on Saturday, May 2nd at the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point Campus in Groton, CT. The sixty-two mile metric century course winds along southeastern Connecticut’s lighthouse- and history-rich coastline and through rural hills and farmland to the turnaround point located in scenic Watch Hill, RI. There is also a twenty-five mile course and a 1.5-mile course for children and adaptive riders. Click to read more.

Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut Partners with United Steel for the 10th Annual Walk for Thought
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5th Annual Coastal Bike Ride to Raise Funds for Brain Injury Awareness, Support and Prevention in Connecticut
Windsor, CT (March, 2014) – The Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut (BIAC), the state’s only nonprofit organization dedicated to brain injury prevention and recovery, today announced that the 5th Annual Tour of Lights Bike-a-Thon will take place on Saturday, May 3rd, at the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point Campus in Groton, CT. Click to read more.

Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut Announces 2014 BIAC Annual Award Winners
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