Quadriplegic army veteran cycling cross country for 'Sea to Shining Sea' ride

By John Soderman | Updated: Apr 16, 2016 3:01 PM EDT  Link to Article

OCEANSIDE (KUSI) — Disabled military veterans and athletes are setting out on an inspirational journey from Oceanside to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The “Sea to Shining Sea” cycling ride began early Sunday morning, set to raise funds and awareness for the Semper Fi Fund. The ride will take just over 10 days to complete as they travel over 2600 miles through the United States.

Former Army Sgt. Pam Kelly, a quadriplegic, is one of the many amazing athletes taking part in the ride. Her spine was severely injured in a accident during her time serving, leaving her spine, hip and both shoulders crushed. Sgt. Kelly will now use the the strength she has remaining in her left arm to power her custom bicycle through America in support of her military brethren.

“I just look at it like I’m trying to do my part to help other soldiers heal,” Kelly humbly said.

What makes this so important for Sgt. Kelly?

“Due to the fact that every 22 minutes there’s veterans that are committing suicide. What we’re trying to do is tell them that there’s another way. Whether it’s through cycling or swimming or sailing. But there’s another way,” Kelly said.

“There’s soldiers, we might not be active, but we’re still out there and we’re still here for you. Brothers and sisters, through thick and thin, and we won’t leave you behind.”