Cyclists making 800km trip to raise funds to help paralysed friend Galen
AN 800km cycle is under way to help raise funds for a young father who was paralysed in a bike accident.
Eleven cyclists are pedalling from Mizen Head in Cork to Malin Head in Donegal over the next four days.
They are seeking to help their friend Galen English (37), a father of four from Greystones, Co Wicklow, overcome the challenges in his dramatically altered life.
Former Herald journalist Galen was cycling, training for an Iron Man triathlon last September, when he was in a horrific collision which left him paralysed from the chest down.
All funds raised will go to adapting Galen’s home to his new situation. He and his partner, Michelle, welcomed the birth of their fourth child this week.
The fundraising cycle is a challenging trip for the team, with 180km to cover before they stay tonight in Tarbert, Co Kerry.
Cyclist Wayne Morris said Galen had always loved athletic challenges.
And he added that he had already shown his interest in getting a handcycle which might one day enable him to take part in the Paralympics. Galen’s brother, Daniel, is undaunted by the 800km challenge, even though he had rarely ridden a bicycle until recently.
Daniel is looking forward to using pedal power alone to get from the southern-most tip of Ireland to the most northerly place in the country in the space of only four days.
Many local people have responded to the appeal for Galen, who was an enthusiastic year round sea swimmer as well as a runner and cyclist.
He has also received support from his friends in journalism, both at the Herald and the Irish Daily Mail. Daniel said: “Why make our cycle trip so hard? Because we want to justify the generous support we have received to do something significant for Galen.”
Contributions are being made through the teamgalen.com