“We did it!”
That was the first line of a heart-warming message we recently received from Clark Construction’s senior vice president, Larry Stovicek.
The “it” referred to a 301-mile bike ride, across four days, starting in Pittsburgh and finishing in Gaithersburg—a ride that helped raise more than $438,000 for Operation Second Chance!
Operation Second Chance
In 2004, Cindy McGrew started visiting injured soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Since then, her passion for caring for our wounded combat veterans has grown from these visits to a full-time nonprofit: Operation Second Chance. Its volunteers support injured service members by visiting them during their recovery periods, taking them supplies and supporting them in their transitions back to civilian life.
So what does that have to do with biking?
Enter Ride Allegheny.
Ride Allegheny is a biking fundraiser that supports wounded soldiers, sailors and marines. In 2005, the organization partnered with Operation Second Chance to help our heroes successfully recover from their injuries—and to promote awareness of the sacrifices made by American Armed Forces.
Its participants organize an annual bike ride to raise money for Operation Second Chance. This year’s muddy, rainy—but thankfully warm—ride lasted from September 29 to October 2.
This year’s ride was dedicated to Corporal Tyler Burroughs. The Army veteran served in both the Philippines and Iraq, before taking his life earlier this year after struggling with the transition to civilian life. As part of his work with Blue Mountain Foundation, Tyler helped support several veteran-based organizations.
The ride’s bikers, including Larry and HESS Construction project executive Justin Fisher, wore wristbands featuring West Virginia University colors, Tyler’s alma mater. The wristbands featured the quote “high speed, low drag,” a phrase used in the military to describe someone who works well and is effective at getting the job done—a phrase Tyler embodied.
We are so proud to sponsor a cause that supports the brave service members who put their lives on the line for our country every day. To all our veterans and active service members, we want to send out a huge thank you.
The greatest individuals I know are the men and women that put their lives on the line each and every day and serve our country. – Cindy McGrew