A New Orleans man will be bicycling through the Lowcountry today on his ride to raise money and awareness for people with cerebral palsy.
Chris Lyman, a 44-year-old attorney, has taken on the challenge to ride 2,100 miles from Bar Harbor, Maine, to Jacksonville, Fla.
One of his main motivations is his 6-year-old son, Bower, who has cerebral palsy. Lyman said his son cannot walk, talk or feed himself and is nearly blind, but somehow Bower was able to learn how to ride a tricycle.
“That’s what sort of inspired this ride for me,” Lyman said.
Lyman began his journey down the East Coast on July 25 and said he hopes to finish by mid-September. So far, he has raised more than $17,000 for the Silberstein-Harryman Endowment at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, which supports new innovations, novel therapies and dedicated training in cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other childhood neurological disorders.
Lyman is riding about 65 miles down Highway 17 from Pawley’s Island to Mount Pleasant today. Though he mostly rides alone, some friends will join him today, he said.