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Lake Norman is all about sports, especially in the summer. As I was pondering what sport to highlight this month it hit me, not just the sport but the athletes!
I am so fortunate to know these two amazing cyclists, Reuben Howden and Chester Triplett. You might not believe it but Chester (in the back) is legally blind after first being diagnosed in 2001 with Stargardts disease, an incurable and rare form of juvenile Macular degeneration. He and Reuben joined forces last year and created R5-PARA, “an elite tandem race team built of two men forged from very different pasts but one very important similarity, a love for racing bikes! For the 2015 season, we will travel from North Carolina, to Montreal, to Chattanooga, then to California and home again. All of this, to race our bike and achieve the highest possible level of wellness. All of this, because an eye disease tried to stop me. All of this, because we are two passionate bike racers and friends who love to go fast. All of this, to triumph in the face of adversity”
Also part of their mission is giving back to the community. They support CABVI (Central Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired) and worked to get cycling helmets for the children with blindness and visual impairment as they prepare for the http://www.therideformissingchildren.com.
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