Cherokee, NC, July 6, 2020
Maranda Bradley is the happy owner of a new adapted bike thanks to the Easterseals UCP Healthy Living Grant provided by the NC Department of Health and Human Services. The new bike will help her stay healthy and active and pursue a dream.
Maranda’s dream is to bike the Trail of Tears from Georgia to Oklahoma. Since she is of Cherokee Native American descent, she wants to pay homage to her ancestors. However, she is not able to ride a typical bike due to a car accident five years ago that resulted in a serious spinal cord injury. Maranda knew this would be too difficult to do in her wheelchair so she sought out support for an adapted bike.
One lead led her to another and she ended up applying for the Easterseals UCP grant and her wish came true. Maranda said, “It was a big blessing to get this bike. I have a different life now and I’m happy!”
She’s awaiting special plates for the bike and for her fractured foot to heal from another injury. In the fall, she hopes to start training for her own mission that she plans to call the “Trail of Love.” Maranda, who is 36 years old and has a nine-year-old daughter, intends to rally friends and supporters to join her by bike for the 950 mile memorial trek in September 2021.
Maranda said, “My faith is making me do this. My motto is do, be and go!” She’s grateful to Easterseals UCP for changing her life for the positive.
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