Rheumatoid Arthritis Won’t Stop Evans Woman from Biking for Education

PC: Alyson McClaran


Helen Frost remembers coming home from work one day and going to change clothes. The pain raced through her body. It was so bad she couldn’t get back up from the bed. The early days of rheumatoid arthritis left her doubtful she’d be able to do the things she loved. She’d once loved to ride her Harley Davidson. The freedom she felt as she tore down the road now left a hole in her heart.

“I didn’t really have anything else,” Frost said. Her husband bought her first bike for Christmas about four years ago when she told him she liked her spinning class. She fell in love.

Last year, she saw a flier for Ride4Success, an annual fundraiser serving Greeley-Evans schools. Every year, riders start at Lincoln Park. The 50-mile trek parallels Colo. 85 up to Pierce and ends back at Lincoln Park. She’ll take on the challenge once again Sept. 24.

She enjoys it and loves the cause: Frost grew up in poverty on an Indian reservation, she said. Her aunt was a college director for 30 years and taught Frost that education is something no one could take away from her. She’s been passionate about supporting education ever since.

Proceeds from the Ride4Success fundraiser go to The Success Foundation, which serves Weld County School District 6. The foundation’s goal is to build partnerships, engage the community and bring resources together to support the children. The foundation funded the Middle School iPad project, which helped put technology in the classrooms.

This article was originally published by the Greeley Tribune. Read the full editorial here.

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