Cycle4Awareness Donation Helps LBI Special Olympics New Wave Swim Team

Nov 01, 2017

The efforts and energy from the Cycle4Awareness event in September provided a $4,200 donation Oct. 21 to the LBI Special Olympics New Wave Swim Team. The presentation was made at the St. Francis Community Center indoor pool.

Cycle4Awareness is a local nonprofit dedicated to helping special needs children and their families. It carries out the legacy of the late Michael Mirabella, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2013 and passed away the next year at the age of 23.

Mirabella, the son of Cathy and Terry Moeller, founded Cycle4Awareness in 2012. After completing awareness rides across the country, he was inspired to raise money for organizations such as Autism Speaks and Athletes Helping Athletes. He and Ryan Rickus cycled from Philadelphia to Key West – how’s that for inspiration for this year’s cyclists who did the Long Beach Island bike tour! Sept. 10 was the third annual Long Beach Island bike tour, a family-friendly choice of three courses.

The riders went the extra mile for the LBI Special Olympics New Wave Swim Team this year.

The group of swimmers is successful, with relay teams coming in first and second place. Two of the athletes are trying out for the New Jersey team and will travel to Seattle next year.

The team practices every Saturday at the St. Francis pool. Their time in the pool prepares them to enjoy competing in the Special Olympics Regional meet in March, sectional meet in April and the State Games at The College of NJ in June.

The money raised by Cycle4Awareness’ September ride from Barnegat Light will help defray some costs for the local swimmers, which would undoubtedly make Mirabella pleased.

“He will, in spirit and with your help ... continue to teach us to believe in love and compassion toward those that love life and need a helping hand along the way,” wrote the organization as the LBI ride was being planned.  —M.S.




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