Wanda's Ride

For: Wanda Roche
Organizer: Amy Ehrenberger
of $100,000 goal.
Raised by 237 donors
72% Complete
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The Story

After having ridden to the top of Cottonwood Pass, a 12,100 foot pass in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, on Day 5 of the Bicycle Tour of Colorado, Wanda was at the top of the world. After celebrating with photos, she and her friends began the exhilerating descent. After just 3 minutes of riding, another cyclist lost control and crashed into Wanda, catapulting her off the side of the road into a ravine below. It soon became apparent to rescuers that Wanda had suffered a serious back injury, resulting in paralysis from mid chest down, along with a fractured right arm. Wanda was airlifted to St. Anthony's Hospital in Lakewood, CO where doctors performed surgery on her back and arm. Wanda will face extensive and costly rehab over the next years to regain her ability to lead an independent life. despite her serious injuries, Wanda remains courageous and positive!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 16, 2016

Posted on August 16, 2016

Our annual fundraising “Wanda’s Ride”on Saturday was a huge success! Thanks to all who participated as riders, donors, and most especially, our volunteers! Special thanks to Ryan's Sports Grill for hosting our lunch and Lee's Cyclery and Velofix for SAG support. With all of our efforts combined, we were able to raise close to $5,000 for Wanda!

Wanda is very appreciative of our efforts and here are her words: 

"Thank you for being here today - for me.

This year I am stronger than I was last year, and far stronger than the year before. With each year that passes, new emotional pains hit me, and I grow past a few as well.

Although the initial physical recovery from my accident has passed, I experience ongoing challenges. As I gain more independence I reach for higher goals - and then I find new things I cannot do. The word can’t was never part of my vocabulary before my accident. And now I ram harder into those things that are obstacles. My spine might be broken, but my backbone isn’t- so even though I take three steps sideways, I shoot for that one step forward.

Sometimes problems I encounter requires specialized equipment and sometimes I need help from others. Many times I require the creativity and talent of those willing to think out of the box to enable something to be modified to allow for my next dream. I am humbled to have been the recipient of assistance from such a warm, generous and reliable group of people, you, my support system.

They say that a word of encouragement during hard times is worth more than hours of praise after success. And here you are, encouraging me as I push through my hard times. The Fort Collins Cycling Club has not forgotten me or left me behind. I am so appreciative of financial support I receive through the FCCC Wanda’s Ride. The proceeds have allowed me to purchase adaptive equipment that has made it possible for me to remain in my home. Ironically, the funds also help me out of the house and into the world. Both are essential to my well-being and my ability to provide support and opportunities to my kids.

Through numerous successes and some setbacks, I have tried to prudently use the funds from Wanda’s Ride to remove barriers I encounter, and thank you for those who understand and assist with that journey. I am lucky to have the continuing support of the Fort Collins Cycling Club, Amy Ehrenberger and the numerous individuals who, as friends, family, neighbors, even strangers have contributed to my efforts to build a life I never anticipated needing to navigate. I am blessed by the organizers and participants in Wanda’s Ride, now in its fourth year.

I am so grateful for your sustaining presence of kindness, generosity, encouragement and love."


Posted on July 26, 2016

Posted on July 26, 2016

In just a few short weeks, the Fort Collins Cycling Club is once again organizing our 4th annual "Wanda's Ride" on Saturday, August 13th to benefit Wanda, an avid FC cyclist and FCCC club member. Please join us for a fun event for all levels of cyclists! (If you are unable to join us, please consider making a donation in support of Wanda!)

Rally Point and Start/Finish for all three routes and the post-ride lunch & gathering!
Ryan's Sports Grill

Harmony Market Shopping Center

925 E. Harmony Road, Ft Collins.

Three ride options:

60-miler; 2330-vertical-feet

Briefing at 07:30; depart at 8 AM.Three Horsetooth dams.. Owl Canyon Rd... Wellington...  ridewithgps.com/routes/7669196
31-miler; 880-vertical-feet.
Briefing at 9 AM; depart at 09:30.Fossil_Creek_Trail.. Mason_Trail.. Laporte.. back  ridewithgps.com/routes/7665379


12-miler; 230-vertical-feet.

Briefing at 09:30; depart at 10 AM.Fossil_Creek_Trail... Mason_Trail...

Spring_Creek_Trail.. Power_Trail...  ridewithgps.com/routes/6888465

To register go to: http://www.fccycleclub.org/event-2090464

$60/individual ($75 nonmembers), $100/family ($115 nonmembers) through August 6. Donation includes lunch, Aid station on route and SAG support. All proceeds go to Wanda to enhance her continuing recovery and advance her independence.
Thank you,
Amy Ehrenberger, VP, FCCC

Posted on June 28, 2016

Posted on June 28, 2016

Three years ago today, on June 28, 2013, my dear friend and cycling sister, Wanda Roche, was the victim of a tragic cycling accident that left her paralyzed from mid chest down. Through no fault of her own, an out of control cyclist, racing down Cottonwood Pass hit Wanda from behind and sent her flying off the road and down a 30 foot embankment. Her T5and T6 vertebrae were shattered, causing irreparable damage to her spinal cord.
Over the past three years, Wanda has continued her courageous quest for recovery and resumed independence. Her extensive rehab and treatments have been extremely costly and most adaptations to her house and vehicle have not been covered by insurance.
This year on Saturday, August 13, Fort Collins Cycling Club will once again organize the 4th annual benefit "Wanda's Ride" to raise funds for Wanda's use in regaining her independence and enhancing the quality of her life.
Please see http://www.fccycleclub.org/event-2090464
for details and registration. To volunteer to help, please respond with a comment and I will contact you.
If you are unable to attend the ride, please consider making an online donation to benefit Wanda at https://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundra…/wanda-s-ride/70162
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