Carolinas Rehabilitation Resident Physicians Cycle to the Sea to Raise Awareness for Adaptive Sports

Charlotte, N.C.April 9, 2015 – For the first time in over five years, two Carolinas Rehabilitation (CR) Resident Physicians – Dr. Benjamin Brusch and Dr. Jonathon Silverman – will participate in the 16th annual Cycle to the Sea (CTTS), a 180-mile bicycle ride from Charlotte, N.C. to North Myrtle Beach, S.C. Scheduled for April 23rd through the 25th, the event is the flagship fundraiser for CR’s Adaptive Sports and Adventures Program (ASAP).

CTTS features athletes with physical disabilities completing a three-day trip using hand-pedaled bicycles (“handcycles”) or tandem bikes. Throughout the route, adaptive and traditional cyclists ride as a pack behind a lead vehicle and among a “safety net” of motorcycle guides. Drs. Brusch and Silverman will ride alongside the ASAP athletes primarily to assist handcyclers with steep inclines. Dr. Brusch looks forward to the experience: “we’ll have the unique opportunity to connect with our patients as peers and teammates rather than as doctors and patients.”

The benefiting organization, ASAP, offers a variety of low- or no-cost programs for youth and adults with physical limitations in the area. One of ASAP’s more popular programs provides adaptive waterskiing opportunities on Lake Norman in Cornelius, N.C. in cooperation with the Lake Norman YMCA. As an active member of the Carolina Show Ski Team, a water skier of 20 years, and a Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation physician, CTTS combines two elements important to Brusch.

ASAP’s water ski program requires eight to ten volunteers to assist just one adaptive skier. This weekly summer program requires over 640 total volunteer hours, and water skiing is only one of ASAP’s many programs. “It’s rewarding to support an organization that enable people to continue to participate and compete in activities they’ve always enjoyed,” says Brusch. To learn more about opportunities to participate in or volunteer with this program, call 704-355-1062 or email asap@carolinashealthcare.org.

To contribute to Dr. Brusch & Dr. Silverman’s $3,000 CTTS team fundraising goal, go to events.CarolinasHealthcareFoundation.org/goto/CRresidents. For more information regarding the ASAP program, see CarolinasHealthcare.org/Rehabilitation-ASAP. For more information on the Carolina Show Ski Team, visit CarolinaShowSki.com.

ABOUT THE ADAPTIVE SPORTS & ADVENTURES PROGRAM
The Adaptive Sports & Adventures Program (ASAP) is a not-for-profit organization supported by Carolinas Healthcare System designed to challenge youth and adults with physical disabilities to develop skills that will lead to and enhance an active and productive lifestyle. The mission of ASAP is to provide competitive and recreational adaptivesport opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities and to support and promote the achievement of personal goals of adaptive athletes. ASAP provides ongoing adaptive sport and leisure programming including water skiing, snow skiing, kayaking, cycling, tennis, rugby, basketball, soccer, golf, hunting, fishing, swimming, andparatriathalons. ASAP has three licensed recreational therapists on staff but relies heavily on volunteerism to deliver its programs to increase and maintain the healthy lifestyles of people with disabilities. For more information on ASAP, visit CarolinasHealthcare.org/Rehabilitation-ASAP.