Cross country bicyclists for fallen soldiers stop in Billings

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Two bicyclists raising money for wounded veteran organizations by riding on a cross-country tour will hold a remembrance ceremony Thursday morning for Billings soldiers who have lost their lives since 9/11.

Tom von Kaenel and Alvon Elrod have seen all four seasons on their bicycle trek through the Rocky Mountains in Montana. But the spring sunshine welcomed them at their resting point in Billings.

The two men, along with the Sea 2 Sea Organization, are hoping to raise $10 million and 5 million pounds for U.S. and United Kingdom registered military charities with their 4,077-mile cross-county trek.

“The purpose of this ride is to raise national and international awareness of the price paid by the servicemen and women who have sacrificed so much and born the cost the conflicts since 9/11.”

Von Kaenel, a retired United States Army soldier now living in Oxfordshire, England, and Elrod started their journey April 23 in Ocean Shores, Wash. The group’s goal is it to make it to Washington, D.C., by July 4.

The public is invited to meet von Kaenel and his teammates to support their efforts and remember the lives of Billings’ fallen soldiers Thursday morning, 8 a.m., at the Yellowstone County Courthouse lawn.

They also invite the pubic to join the cycle ride for any desired distance.

“Our goal is to have 7,000 cyclists to each carry a card with a name of a person who has lost their life from the Arlington National Cemetery to the Lincoln Memorial to remember, recognize and rejoice the 7,000 lives that have been lost forever,” von Kaenel said.

For information or to donate to a highlighted charity, visit www.sea2sea.org

Cross country cyclists stop in Helena to honor fallen soldiers

Link to Original Article – KXLH.com

Posted: May 8, 2012 10:51 AM by Marnee Banks (marnee@kxlh.com)
Updated: May 8, 2012 10:52 AM

Tom Von Kaenel and Alvon Elrod are riding bicycles across the country to remember and pay tribute to the men and women who have sacrificed so much, and on Monday morning, they brought their unique memorial to the Capitol in Helena.

During the memorial, Von Kaenel said, “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning. We will remember them. We will remember them.”

The cyclists started their journey on April 23rd in Ocean Shore, Washington, and reached Helena in just 12 days.

On each one of those days they took time to read the names of 100 fallen soldiers during a daily remembrance ceremony.

“There was a name from a young man from my hometown, same age a my daughter. I am sure my daughter and this young man went to school together and it really struck my heart,” said Elrod.

That is why the two men, along with the Sea 2 Sea Organization, are hoping raise $10 million and five million pounds for US and UK registered military charities.

Von Kaenel said, “We want to make sure those veterans and the service members and their family’s understand that we really care about them and we want to make sure that everybody understands the cost that they have made.”

The goal it to make it to Arlington, Virginia by Independence Day.

Von Kaenel said, “Our plan is to have 7,000 cyclists to each carry a card of the person that has died, across Arlington National Cemetery to the Lincoln Memorial and we are going to have a sunrise celebration.”

Cross-country cyclists stop in Montana to honor fallen troops

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HELENA – Tom Von Kaenel and Alvon Elrod are riding bicycles across the country to remember and pay tribute to the men and women who have sacrificed so much, and on Monday morning, they brought their unique memorial to the Capitol in Helena.

During the memorial, Von Kaenel said, “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning. We will remember them. We will remember them.”

The cyclists started their journey on April 23rd in Ocean Shore, Washington, and reached Helena in just 12 days.

On each one of those days they took time to read the names of 100 fallen soldiers during a daily remembrance ceremony.

“There was a name from a young man from my hometown, same age a my daughter. I am sure my daughter and this young man went to school together and it really struck my heart,” said Elrod.

That is why the two men, along with the Sea 2 Sea Organization, are hoping raise $10 million and five million pounds for US and UK registered military charities.

Von Kaenel said, “We want to make sure those veterans and the service members and their family’s understand that we really care about them and we want to make sure that everybody understands the cost that they have made.”

The goal it to make it to Arlington, Virginia by Independence Day.

Von Kaenel said, “Our plan is to have 7,000 cyclists to each carry a card of the person that has died, across Arlington National Cemetery to the Lincoln Memorial and we are going to have a sunrise celebration.”

Cross-country bicycle tour honors fallen soldiers

Posted: May 6, 2012 9:34 PM by Evan Weborg (Helena)
Updated: May 7, 2012 8:43 AM

Link to original article -KRTV.com

A cross country journey is honoring fallen soldiers in every city along the way.

Tom Von Kaenel and Alvon Elrod are riding bicycles across the country to remember and pay tribute to the men and women who have sacrificed so much.

Von Kaenel said, “We are celebrating that we have the opportunity to do this in the country that is one of the greatest country.”

The cyclists started their journey on April 23rd in Ocean Shore, Washington.

They reached Helena in just 12 days.

On each one of those days they took time to read the names of 100 fallen soldiers during a daily remembrance ceremony.

“There was a name from a young man from my hometown, same age a my daughter. I am sure my daughter and this young man went to school together and it really struck my heart,” said Elrod.

That is why the two men, along with the Sea 2 Sea Organization, are hoping raise $10 million and five million pounds for US and UK registered military charities.

Von Kaenel said, “We want to make sure those veterans and the service members and their family’s understand that we really care about them and we want to make sure that everybody understands the cost that they have made.”

The goal it to make it to Arlington, Virginia by Independence Day.

Von Kaenel said, “Our plan is to have 7,000 cyclists to each carry a card of the person that has died, across Arlington National Cemetery to the Lincoln Memorial and we are going to have a sunrise celebration.”

The cyclists plan to hold a remembrance ceremony Monday morning at the Capitol, where they will read the names of 100 fallen soldiers.

The ceremony starts at 8 a.m.

Learn more and follow their journey at Sea2Sea.org.

Tom von Kaenel – How Revolution Sports Injuries Clinic helped him back onto his bike

This is a case study of a patient that I have been working with for nearly a year. The patient, Tom, has given his permission for me to discuss his case as well as using his full name and photos.
Tom first made contact with me when he emailed in early February regarding his rehabilitation for a hip injury. Tom’s background is as follows, he is a 56-year-old man, who is a keen cyclist and is very fit and active and he is retired from the US Military. On the 16th September 2009, whilst cycling in the French Alps Tom came off his bike whilst travelling at speed. The resulting accident left Tom with a dislocated hip and fractured acetabulum.
Due to his Military background Tom was able to be air lifted to a US military hospital where he underwent a number of operations to stabilize the pelvis. On the 10 March 2010 Tom was discharged from his US Air Force doctor, but was then subsequently admitted to the John Radcliffe Hospital for a MRSA infection that resulted in all his metal work having to be removed. He then under went physiotherapy through the NHS from May 2010 to August 2010.
Tom then began to see an acupuncturist as he was still in a large amount of pain and unable to walk without a limp. This is due to the complications suffered as a result of the surgeries and the healing process called heterotopic ossification around the acetabulum. This is a presence of bone in the soft tissue, where it should not normally exist. This and a huge amount of scar tissue were causing a lot of muscular tension that caused pain. This pain was so debilitating that Tom was still taking a cocktail of pain killers (tramadol and paracetamol) to help control this pain.
Adam from Revolution Sports Injuries Clinic, Wantage explains “as a Sports Therapist was to treat this muscular tension to reduce his pain, increase his range of movement and begin to get the damaged muscles firing correctly so he could start strengthening work, and get back on his bike.”
Over the next 4 months Tom saw a huge reduction in his pain, which has resulted in Tom lowing his medications dramatically. The major success was to be able to get Tom back on a bike and he achieved his personal ambition of being able to cycle across the Pyrenees Mountains by June 2011!
Tom has now embarked on his next challenge, which is to cycle across America to raise money and awareness for American and British Military Charities. This event is called Sea 2 Sea.

Tom during his cycle trip across the Pyrenees Mountains in June 2001

Tom explains the event “This event will take place from 21st April to 8th July 2012. Departing the Repatriation Centre at Brize Norton, Oxfordshire, England, cycling to arrive at London Heathrow Airport. Arriving in the USA in Seattle, Washington then cycling east to finish the American leg towards Washington, DC. The total journey will be over 4000 miles.”
Tom goes on to say “To raise national and international awareness for UK and US veterans by having a joint UK/US nationwide cycling event 21 April – 08 July involving thousands of UK and US citizens.My aim is to raise $10,000,000 for US military charities (i.e., Paralyzed Veterans of America, Wounded Warriors) and £5,000,000 for UK military charities (i.e., Army Benevolent Fund, British Legion, Help for Heroes) through their websites.”
For more information on Tom’s amazing new challenge go to www.sea2sea.org please view the  video of when Tom met David Cameron to discuss this amazing charity event.
If you also like more information on Sports Therapy and the Sports Therapist who is helping Tom with his on going rehabilitation go to www.revolutionsportsinjuries.co.uk

Bike Mishap

May 2, 2012 – Tribune/Kyle Mills
Original story posted on LMTribune.com

A 75-year-old man was injured after crashing his bicycle at around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Main Street and Snake River Avenue in Lewiston. According to police, Robert Cox was crossing the street when his tire became caught in the railroad tracks. Cox is a participant in the 2012 Sea2Sea, a cross-country bicycle ride founded by Tom Von Kaenel, a retired American serviceman now living in Oxfordshire, England, that raises money for wounded veteran organizations. Von Kaenel and his team are bicycling 4,077 miles across the United States, from Ocean Shores, Wash., to Washington, D.C. Cox was in fair condition at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center Tuesday evening, according to hospital staff.

A weekend with true patriots: Sea2Sea

Original Article Posted on Eunice’s Blog

Eunice and Wally Hickerson note that hosting the Sea2Sea participants this past weekend was truly a rewarding experience.

This group of three bicyclists, led by Tom von Kaenel, a retired U.S. Army military officer now living in England; are undertaking an amazing journey.   Tom was critically injured in a bicycle accident in the Pyrenees in 2009 and was treated in the U.S. military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany.

While recuperating in Landstuhl, Tom met many of the wounded warriors from Iraq and Afghanistan. When Tom regained his health earlier this year, he set out to raise money to support wounded warriors from the U.S. and England and their families. Tom planned a 4000 mile fundraising bicycle trip across the United States; with a scheduled arrival in Washington, DC on July 3rd, 2012.

Traveling with Tom are two engineers; 75 year old Bob, and Alvin, both from California. Departing from Ocean Shores, Washington, the three men are accompanied by a delightful English couple, Marge and Bruce Hamersley, who are driving a large RV in which they spend each night along this journey.

Are you interested in following the bicycle journey or donating to the Sea2Sea Foundation? Visit the Sea2Sea Website for information on making a donation.

The Sea2Sea team arrived at the Hickerson’s in Prosser around 5:00 P.M. on Saturday evening, their first stop in this long journey. They had ridden 92 miles from Bingen to Crow Butte Park on Friday; and 80 miles from Crow Butte to Walla Walla on Saturday. The Sea2Sea group spent Saturday and Sunday night at the Hickerson’s and met members of the Tri-Cities Bicycle Club, residents of Whispering Rapids; and Pat Kenney, a representative of Camp Patriot.

While averaging over 60 miles per day, six days per week, for nearly 12 weeks may sound like a daunting challenge; this group faces an even greater challenge every morning.  First thing every morning they read 100 names from the list of 7,000 service man and women killed since 9/11, prior to setting out.

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Participating in this event was truly an emotional experience for Pat and Nancy Kenney, Sue and Jared Schneider and their daughter Rebecca, a friend of the Schneider’s; and Eunice and Wally Hickerson.  As each person (including 5-year old Rebecca) read the rank, name, and age of several of the soldiers (ranging in age from 19 to 47) who have given their lives for our country since 9/11, there was not a dry eye in the group.

Early Monday morning the group of five Sea2Sea travelers set out in the RV to drive to Walla Walla and resume their bicycle journey, with the goal of reaching Pomeroy by Monday evening.

Anyone interested in following their journey or donating to their cause for the benefit of Wounded Warriors, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Camp Patriot, and the American Legion — can log onto www.sea2sea.org

Bicyclists for wounded vets to stop in Prosser

April 26, 2012 By KRISTI PIHL- tricityherald.com Original article on TriCityHerald.com

Prosser A group of bicyclists raising money for wounded veteran organizations will make a stop in Prosser on Sat., April 28.

The Sea2Sea 2012 Cycling Team is sponsored by the Three Rivers Chapter of the Womens Council of Realtors and ICF International.

Tom Von Kaenel, a retired American Serviceman now living in Oxfordshire, England, and his team are bicycling 4,077 miles across the United States from Ocean Shores to Washington, D.C. They hope to raise $10 million for Wounded Warriors, Paralyzed Veterans of America and the American Legion.

The bicyclist will arrive about 6 p.m. SaturdayApril 28 at the home of Eunice and Wally Hickerson, 28126 North Hansen PR in Prosser to spend the night.

The public is invited to meet Von Kaenel and his teammates and support their efforts after 6 p.m. For information, contact Eunice Hickerson at 509-521-1109 or eunice@housestricities.com.

To sponsor the team or for more information, go to www.sea2sea.org

Big send-off for “sea-to-sea” rider

Original Article on www.northcoastnews.com
By Tom Scanlon
Posted Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2012 at 6:50 AM

North Beach Junior/Senior High, Mayor Crystal Dingler and others from the community joined in yesterday’s send-off of Tom Von Kaenel, the “sea-to-sea” military vet who launched his cross country bike ride just outside Ocean Shores yesterday. You can thank Penny Romito for organizing this

Sea2Sea starts in Ocean Shores today, ends in DC July 4th

April 23, 2012 KBKW News – The Talk of Grays Harbor 94.7 FM and 1450 AM
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Ocean Shores, WA – Cycling from the West to East coast of the US in 77 days, Tom Von Kaenel (Kay-Null) starts the US leg of his journey today in Ocean Shores. A retired American Serviceman living in Oxfordshire, Von Kaenel launched an ambitious international fundraiser to benefit UK and US servicemen April 21st.

Two years ago, Von Keanel spent 17 days in a UK military hospital after a cycling accident in the Pyrenees mountains, Von Kaenel says he wouldn’t be cycling today without that care. “During those 17 days I saw for the first time the depth of selfless devotion and the sacrifices that our men and woman gave to those troops that were wounded or injured in Afghanistan and Iraq, and sadly those that paid the ultimate price.”
Cylcing over 4,200 miles across the US and UK this summer, Von Kaenel is hoping to raise more than $10-million US and £5-million UK to benefit serviceman. To donate, follow, or read more about Von Kaenel, visit sea2sea.org

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Tom aims to raise £5,000,000 to benefit the various UK service member and veteran charity organisations (ie, Army Benevolent Fund, British Legion, Help for Heroes) and $10,000,000 for the various US service member and veteran charity organisations (ie, Paralyzed Veterans of America, American Legion, Wounded Warriors). Funds raised through sponsorship will be paid direct to the charities through their own web sites. You can sponsor Tom and his team through his web site www.sea2sea.org which acts as a portal for the fundraising.

Tom is asking for help to make this huge challenge a success. He needs assistance in the UK and the USA to plan, organize, and of course participate in the cycle ride. You can join Tom by signing up on the web site at www.sea2sea.org where you will also find full details of the charities supported by the challenge. Tom says, “The mission of Sea2Sea is simple: to give back to UK and US service men and women who have served since 9/11. We do this by providing a website that provides a comprehensive list of registered UK and US charities that are related to benefiting the Armed Forces of these two countries.” The Sea2Sea site will act as a portal for fundraising. On the site you can choose your preferred charity to benefit from your donation. Tom says, “I welcome help from anyone who wishes to give their support and expertise. We are completely apolitical and are not in competition with any other US or UK charity. In fact, our website will host the names, addresses, and purpose of any registered UK or US charity and welcome the opportunity to highlight the selfless work that they do so that people can contribute to their specific needs.”