Ride with Cache Valley’s most famous bicyclist Brent

Brent Carpenter visiting with friends before the ride.

Popular bicyclist Brent Carpenter will once again be leading the pack and hundreds of others are expected to join him for the 4th annual Bike With Brent celebration on Friday, June 13. The event is hosted by the Cache Employment and Training Center and executive director Kae Lynn Beecher said the money that is raised will go to help people with disabilities.

Brent was born with cerebral palsy and Beecher said he has overcome many obstacles. He worked for 30 years and rides his bicycle all over Cache Valley. He was helped by CETC and Beecher said people of every age benefit from the service.

“We receive funding through the legislature,” Beecher said, “it’s a combination of state and federal funds. But there’s never enough funding to go around.”

Beecher said that funding goes towards numerous programs, not just for employment training, but it doesn’t cover everything the organization does to help people with disabilities.

“We have programs that need funding, such as music therapy and community access that aren’t paid for by that funding,” she explained.

Funding is also needed for the organization’s scholarship program.

“The state right now has a waiting list of about 1800 people who are waiting for services.”

On <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/328/2014_05_30_328_22691_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s Crosstalk program Thursday</a>, Beecher said the big ride begins at noon on June 13 at Willow Park but there are many other games and activities starting at 9:30. This year, Brent’s 91-year-old father may join the others if he can find the right bike.

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