Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Disabled cyclist aided many charities

Kevin Degen refused to let obstacles stop him from helping others.

Paralyzed on his right side from cerebral palsy and using one arm and leg, the avid cyclist used a specially built three-wheeler to compete in races nationwide, raising thousands of dollars for charities. Last month, during a lengthy route for a National Multiple Sclerosis Society cycling event, Mr. Degen fell, cracked his helmet and suffered road rash. Despite concerns, he kept going.

He said, 'Get me another helmet.' ... He got patched up, and he was on his way," said Elana Sullivan, president of the society's Michigan chapter. "He seemed to tackle everything in life like that. ... I've never seen a guy who had more tenacity. You could not stop him."

Mr. Degen died on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010. He was 52.

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