Pedal power: Man cycling to raise awareness for cerebral palsy

Chris Lyman, a 44-year-old attorney, with his 6-year-old son, Bower, who has cerebral palsy. Lyman is riding his bicycle 2,100 miles from Bar Harbor, Maine, to Jacksonville, Fla., to raise money and awareness for cerebral palsy.

A New Orleans man is riding his bicycle through the Lowcountry this week as part of a much-longer journey to raise money and awareness for people with cerebral palsy.

Chris Lyman, a 44-year-old attorney, took the challenge to ride 2,100 miles from Bar Harbor, Maine, to Jacksonville, Fla.

One of his motivations is his 6-year-old son, Bower, who has cerebral palsy. Lyman said his son can't walk, talk or feed himself and is nearly blind, but he somehow was able to learn how to ride a tricycle.

"That's what sort of inspired this ride for me," Lyman said.

Lyman, who began his journey July 25, said he hopes to finish in Florida 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, therapies and dedicated training in cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other childhood neurological disorders.

On Monday, Lyman rode about 65 miles along U.S. Highway 17 from Pawleys Island to Mount Pleasant. Though he mostly rides alone, he was joined by some friends.

To join the ride, e-mail Lyman at Cblyman@me.com. To follow his journey or to donate, visit his blog at cycle4cp.blogspot.com.

Reach Almar Flotildes at 937-5719.