Wounded veterans pedal through Thomson on Beaches to Peaches ride
By Linda Green

Three waves of wounded military veterans cycled through Thomson March 10 as part of a 520-mile ride from Florida to Atlanta in a Beaches to Peaches challenge to overcome their disabilities and raise money for United Healthcare’s Project Hero.
The 97 veteran warriors, in a two-by-two formation, crossed the Bypass into Thomson on Whiteoak Road, pedaled down Holt Street, made a right onto Greenway and an immediate left onto Gordon Street, crossed Main Street and made a rest stop in the rear parking lot of First United Methodist Church. After a short respite, the groups mounted up, headed down Tom Watson Way and left town via Cedar Rock Road on the way to Camp Swamp, near Union Point.
Joe Coddington, operations director for “Ride 2 Recovery” events at Project Hero, said the week-long ride was about healing and rehabilitation.
“The thing that happens when an active duty member is wounded is that they are pulled away from their unit and they loose that sense of family, that job of being there helping their brothers and sisters. There is guilt. They lose that vision of a family support group with the unit,” he said. “We re-establish that here at Project Hero. We are the United Healthcare Challenge Series as a therapy ride that started in Jacksonville, Florida, and goes all the way to Atlanta.”
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Stefan Leroy, on his hand cycle, leads a group of wounded veterans into Thomson as part of the Beaches to Peaches challenge.
Andrea Graham prepares for the next leg of the 520-mile ride after stopping in Thomson.





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