Ride for the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey (BIANJ)

This was originally posted in August, but BIANJ continues to need your support for this ride on October 16. Register or learn more here.


My latest cause and passion is to help this organization help those who have injuries resulting from head trauma. This can result from a battleground or sports injury or commonly a car accident.

They say a picture tells a story or a picture’s worth a thousand words, but Brianne Applegate below is one of those stories.


She suffered a car accident on Februay 1, 2008 and has spent the time since recovering from a C2 fracture, frontal lobe damage and a punctured lung. She has seen multiple specialists and been in multiple facilities (lastly the Kessler Institute for 9 months) and, when I met her last week, seems to have made a most remarkable recovery. This was certainly due to the resources, love and dedication of her parents Brian and Maryanne and their family.

Her full account to the Trentonian is here.

Others aren’t so fortunate and rely on wonderful organizations like the Brain Injury Association of NJ for moral and financial support and helping in finding the right medical practitioners and facilities.

The organization has long held their Walk for Thought as a fund-raising event in Paramus, NJ. This year they are adding a charitable bike ride called Cycle for Safety in Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville, NJ.

This ride will be held Saturday, October 16. There are routes for everyone (10, 25, and 50 miles).  They have a first class group, G4 Productions organizing. This group is bringing the 2012 Giro D’Italia to American soil!!

Registration is available online through Active.com or you can download a brochure here.

Additionally, you can support the BIANJ through Causes, a facebook application. Here you can donate directly or invite others to get the word out.

Please join me and other cyclists in riding for this wonderful cause!


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