Ride 2 Recovery’s Project HERO (Healing Exercise Rehabilitation Opportunity) provides training and supports cycling programs at military hospitals, Army Warrior Transition Units, Marine Wounded Warrior Units and VA locations to help Healing Heroes overcome obstacles they face. Begun in November 2010 at Bethesda Naval Medical Center (now Walter Reed National Military Medical Center), Project HERO has proven the effectiveness of group riding in the rehabilitation of injured servicemen and women. Cycling is an important part of the recovery and rehabilitation program for many reasons. Most importantly:
Cycling is an activity in which almost all patients with physical and/or psychological disabilities can participate at their individual level.
Ride 2 Recovery Project HERO provides expertise, training, events and site location support to promote a fuller recovery in the rehabilitation process.
Specially adapted bikes are designed and built by Ride 2 Recovery staff to suit individuals’ needs, making it possible for almost everyone to participate in the program
PROJECT HERO MISSION
To make a difference in the lives of Healing Heroes by providing a rehabilitation experience that can impact their lives forever
PROJECT HERO GOAL
To enhance, inspire, and challenge Healing Heroes’ rehabilitation by introducing them to Ride 2 Recovery which allows each person to set individual goals while working in a group. We will partner with the local facility staff and cadre to create a personalized and progressive cycling program that fits the needs of the patient population and will promote a fuller and quicker rehabilitation.