Dr. Jeff Anthony is riding alongside 125 other riders in the Million Dollar Challenge; a bike ride from San Francisco to San Diego to benefit challenged athletes through the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). The MDC has raised over 1 million dollars each year over the last 7 years to help fund the needs of challenged athletes; providing prosthetic legs, wheelchairs, bikes, etc., to allow them to realize their dreams and to participate in athletic events. Eighty-seven of the athletes in this years para-Olympic games in London were sponsored by CAF.
In the 620 mile ride down the coast, Dr. Anthony is one of two physicians that not only gets to ride, but also provide medical care to the participants, 13 of whom are challenged athletes. Chris Self is a Master Sergeant in the army with over 22 years in the military. In 2005, while protecting our country in Iraq he suffered an injury that resulted in loosing on of his legs. Being very active before the injury, and with the help of his wife and 3 kids, along with a new prosthetic leg, Chris is still very active, working for the army, and participating in the Million Dollar Challenge ride down the coast for the third time.
‘Riding an average of 100 miles per day can be grueling, but riding alongside a challenged athlete that’s doing it with one leg, and seeing their determination and enjoyment of the challenge is very motivating and inspiring.’ Dr. Anthony