FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Branch Out Bike Tour Announces Electronic Trike Rider for Seventh Annual Road Ride
Battery powered “etrike” rider suffered four strokes, one of which he had as he longboarded across Canada
Calgary, AB, May 18th, 2017 – Today, Branch Out Neurological Foundation announced Brandon Harrison will ride 20km at Panorama Mountain Resort on June 17. The 23-year-old was diagnosed with a type of cancer called neuroblastoma as a youth. After a successful surgery, he received a “cancer free” diagnosis, yet he has faced many other health challenges since. As a young adult, Harrison has suffered from three strokes, one of which happened as he longboarded across Canada to raise money for his cause.
“At first, it was devastating—it put a huge wrench in my plan, in my dream and my life,” said Harrison. “I fell and I fell hard. Not many people recover after waking up half paralyzed.” The electronic trike goes up to 50km per hour and Harrison is excited to be able to participate in the event despite his limitations. “I want to go and experience the energy,” he said.
“My life dream and Crystal from Branch Out are paralleling each other,” said Harrison. “She has dedicated her life to helping and supporting others and I have done the same. It made sense to get involved. You have to work hard, believe in yourself and never give up on your dreams and in life.”
Branch Out is looking for additional participants for upcoming road race. Participants can choose to ride 80, 100, or 160km. “It doesn’t matter if they are riding for the first time or if they are an Olympic gold medalist,” said Executive Director Crystal Phillips. “If they don’t want to ride, volunteer opportunities are available and super fun. People come year after year and they love being part of the energy.” People can register for the road ride at: http://www.branchoutfoundation.com/branch_out_bike_tour
Branch Out Neurological Foundation is a registered charitable organization that funds research towards complementary and alternative modalities in the field of neuroscience at institutions across Western Canada.
For more information, photos, and contact with Brandon Harrison, please contact:
Crystal Phillips, Executive Director Claire McMillan, Communications