A local man is bike riding for himself, his son and the new Kadlec NICU expansion.
WEST RICHLAND, WA - A local man is bike riding for himself, his son and the new Kadlec NICU expansion.
When most people say they are going for a Saturday bike ride they may be thinking 1 or 2 hours, but there is something called the "knighthood challenge". It is 11 hours of continuous bike riding and one local man is taking that challenge on this weekend.
"This is a chance for me to raise some money for the NICU expansion and kind of come to terms with some of the emotions," said Buzz Vickery. Vickery has had his own struggles in the NICU. He has been through the unimaginable pain of fearing for his child's life.
"Two and a half years ago my son was born 13 weeks early. He spent 54 days there. The first two days we weren't even sure he was going to live."
Now his son is a healthy two year-old. To repay the debt he believes he owes the people who saved his son, he is working towards a knighthood. He rides his bike in the garage on a stand watching 10 of the most demanding training videos for 11 hours. Only 45 people in the world have done this. Vickery is riding through the emotions.
"There's some anger, but a lot of awe and wonder and amazement at the staff up there."
With the help of local sponsors and donations, he hopes to raise funds to help aid the expansion at Kadlec so that premature babies will continue to have the fighting chance that his son had.