Connecticut Bike For Hope


2016 CT Bike For HOpe

Benefiting Survivors of Neurological Illness

Ride, Walk or Wheel as an Individual or Start A TEAM!

The Third Annual CT Bike For Hope will be held on May 21, 2016

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Dear  Fellow CT Residents and Beyond,

We are coming up to our 3rd Annual CT Bike for HOPE up here in Shelton. I wanted to reach out to all of you to ask for your help in fundraising leading up to, during and after the event.  Why is this event so important to all CT residents and beyond?

Some Sobering Statistics:

If we were to hit our goal of $30,000 this year, after expenses, we would have about $23,500 in net income to distribute to our consumers to help fulfill our mission. This translates to about 450 paid visits for clients, all with the desperate need of some physical rehabilitation after insurances have run out.  Based on our current client load, we are still 2400 annual visits short!

To put it in perspective, we currently support 19 people year round with a moderate to severe Neurological illness.  We also support another 30 in different ways to include home-based programs, equipment for the home, and specialized exercise equipment for the home. Referring just to the 19 clients that come year round to our center, that is equivalent to a traditional outpatient physical therapy center seeing 300 new patients a year. Why? Each of our clients comes in for their plan of care 2-3 times a week for 2 hours or more for about 125 2 hours visits a year (or more).

A  PT clinic sees a patient for 30 to 40 minutes, 2-3 times a week. With that amount of time (with our neurological client population), each would likely be discharged in less than 14 visits due to lack of “appropriate” progress .  I prefer “lack of convenient progress” to the insurance company’s  benefit!  A moderately to severe neurologically impaired person must have at least 2 hours of stimulation to regain optimal function. Not my words, the words of the Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation’s Neuro Recovery Network executive directive Susan Harkama, Ph.D.  Click here for her work.

This is why we get so much better results. It’s all in the time and not necessarily in the talent! By the client coming in and working on their independent living skills (transfers, other ADL’s, ambulation for a few feet, and general health and wellness), they are able to stay in their home or apartment with just one person supporting them for an average of 40 hours a week (this staff is either paid by Medicaid or private pay by family or is a family member).

Without our program, it is very clear that each of these individuals would be in Nursing Home Care at a cost of $120,000 per year to the State (or family), monies neither the State or our families have!  Also, the family would have to pay at least an additional $30,000 a year out of pocket for an additional daily companion and personal care assistant and none of our clients have the ability to pay.

FACT: Our program saves the State over $90,000 x 19 (1.7 million) a year plus the reduction in unforeseen hospitalizations due to the inevitable  declining health of each client without our program. The average annual hospitalization cost for this group (Nationally) is $65,000 per year above the cost of a healthy person. So, the math is pretty simple. We reduce the economic and human cost in CT of moderate to severe Neurological illness by at least 2.9 million every year! And, we are growing. Next year, we will serve nearly 30 people, the year after 60 to 100 and by the end of the 2020 we will be serving over 225 in CT. This means that to keep up with the demand for just our services in CT, we will need to raise over 1.5 million in 2020. This also means that we will save the State and Federal Government (Medicare/Medicaid) over $35 million that same year and if this program were adopted on a National basis, the State and Federal governments would realize a savings of over 1.7 Billion a year! Furthermore, that is just scaling up our program to serve only 3 in ten thousand people in this country with a moderate to severe neurological illness!  If this program was scaled up to just 1 per 100, it would save the State and Federal governments over 200 billion dollars a year. If you have any questions on my facts or statements, please click here and here.  These articles are a few years old article. The current data is much more sobering.

Our team has done an amazing job but we need a lot more help. The first task is to raise a net $50,000 next year for the CT bike for HOPE, $10,000 for the Ride for HOPE and, hopefully seed a new fundraiser  (Year Round Charity Poker Tournament?) and have a successful public and corporate appeal to raise the additional $60,000.

So, in summary, the goal for MovingwithHOPE in Shelton is to have a net income from all fundraising activities of at least $120,000 per year by the end of 2017. When you consider that the CT Challenge (another great cause) raises 2.2 million each year (after expenses) to achieve their mission helping cancer survivors with their health and wellness, our goal of 5% of their achievement to achieve our mission of empowering survivors of neurological illness is very realistic and I think just as important.

We need your help. Let’s Do It!


Tad Duni
President & Founder of MovingwitHHOPE
Chariman  – CT Bike for HOPE