Michael Rohrs - Rider # 413
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world, indeed; it is the only thing that ever has."
In 2014, a few months before I went to prison, I decided to participate in the SMART Ride. I was a patient at Broward House Substance Abuse Program at the time, and I joined the Broward House Team. That decision impacted my life in a couple ways. First, I discovered I loved bicycling which lead me to a healthy activity after years of destroying my body. More importantly, I discovered and connected with a community of people who were rooting for me. Up until that point, my addiction had tricked me into believing I was isolated and alone, but I discovered that was not the case. I reconnected with folks from every period of my life, and that literally saved my life.
Over six years later, and I am still connected and clean. I ride because I can, I ride because I love to ride, and I ride because now, more than ever, organizations like Broward House need me. The pandemic has limited fundraising opportunities for not-for-profits like Broward House. Broward House, and other benefiting agencies are relying on effort from people like me to do what we have always done, which is help raise money.
Please contribute whatever you can to support the organization that gave me a chance when very few were willing to do so. Although I will not be riding to Key West this year, I will be riding 165 miles in 3 beginning November 20th.