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Spirit Rider Shows Strength and Endurance

By on July 15, 2015

The Spirit Ride Campaign continues but Don Patterson’s mode of transportation has certainly changed in recent weeks; from bicycle, to helicopter, to wheelchair, to a single crutch. 

La campagne Spirit Ride se poursuit, mais les modes de transport de Don Patterson ont certainement changé au cours des dernières semaines : une bicyclette, un hélicoptère, un fauteuil roulant et une béquille.

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The Spirit Ride Campaign Continues


Don Patterson’s 7,000 km Spirit Ride in support of Aboriginal youth health and fitness was unfortunately cut short due to a random and unpredictable accident early in his journey. On the third day of his trip, Monday, June 22, Don took a tumble off his bike and broke his shoulder and hip. He was airlifted to Whitehorse and then to Vancouver; and after a successful surgery, he is home resting and determined to have a quick recovery while keeping the momentum of the Spirit Ride campaign going.

“Being a cautious rider, I’ve been fortunate to never have a serious mishap in some 50 years on the bike. I love to ride! […] Yes, the latest accident is a setback but I am going to turn this into a positive. I’m determined to get out the message on the importance of physical activity for our Aboriginal youth, raise funds for GEN7 and YMCA and develop sustainable local sports programs. If we all come together, we can do it,” wrote Don via his blog (http://www.spiritride.ca/) .

In honour of Don and in helping to spread his message of the importance of Aboriginal youth health and fitness, a Winnipeg Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts club is planning a celebratory fundraiser. The Winnipeg Elite Boxing and MMA Academy (http://www.eliteboxingmma.com) will host its First Annual Punch-a-Thon, on Sunday, July 19, 2015, which would have signified the end of Don’s physical Spirit Ride journey. Participants in the event will raise funds through pledges and donations based on how many rounds they can throw during a three hour heavy-bag marathon.

Half of all proceeds raised from this event will go to Motivate Canada’s GEN7 Aboriginal Role Model Program (http://www.motivatecanada.ca/en/gen7) while the other half will go towards supporting the five Winnipeg Elite Boxers competing in the Ringside World Championships in August, three of whom are of Aboriginal descent.

To donate to the Punch-a-Thon event, please visit the campaign page (https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/mc-motivate-canada/punch-a-thon-hosted-by-the-winnipeg-elite-boxing-academy-in-support-of-motivate-canada/) . For more information about the event or to get involved please email [email protected](mailto:[email protected]com) .

You can continue to follow Don’s road to recovery, by checking out his blog (http://www.spiritride.ca/) for updates, photos and inspirational messages. If you would like to donate (https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/mc-motivate-canada/gen7-aboriginal-role-model-programspirit-runner-ride/ ) to the Spirit Ride Campaign, you can do so by visiting www.spiritride.ca (http://www.spiritride.ca/) .

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