Jim Rogers, one of our supporting cyclists, rode with his son, Jason, in honor of his son-in-law Lt. Zachary Cavitt, USN. Accompanied by so many veterans, Jim and Jason got a glimpse of the camaraderie that forms between soldiers when risking their lives together on the battlefield.
Today we reached Charlotte and were greeted by members of the Carolinas Hospital System. This team has really gelled and is just getting it done. We have Wednesday off and begin to Cycle to the Sea with 40 other riders on Thursday. The highlight of the day was receiving the Commandant's Coin from Four Star General and former Marine Commandant General James Amos. Everyone who spoke understood the mission: to spread the word about adaptive sports. But the General understood it so much deeper in his heart. He commented on how hard the Marines work to build a sense of team amongst the units and how devastating it is for a wounded soldier because not only is he or she battling an injury, but they are no longer part of the team. He recognizes that adaptive sports can fulfill the role of "team" and help injured persons everywhere heal. Bravo General! I was humbled to shake your hand and so proud to see my son receive your coin. Jason and I will ride for this team any day. And our deepest thanks to each of you. You are returning the fighting spirit to those battling to regain their lives and feel a part of a team accomplishing great things.