The group comprised of AAA, Largo Police Officers, SunCoast Bicycle Club members, Fusion Health Care and HealthSouth staff members prepare for the ride into the facility.
A grueling ride which severely taxed the conditioning and strength of the bicycle club, brings the group up a long, steep hill and into the HealthSouth complex.
Joe is smiling here because he has everyone believing that the ride was almost 30 miles of steep uphill climbing rather than the 1 mile that it was.
Elaine Ebaugh, CEO and ever the gracious hostess, welcomes the riders for their second visit to HealthSouth.Rehab Hospital of Largo.
Cliff and Joe shake hands with a member of Morris' motley crew and try to look tired to raise the sympathy level from the crowd.
Tom Morrisette, Largo Chamber of Commerce, Elaine Ebaugh, Shara Anderson representing US Senator Bill Nelson, Mayor Pat Gerard, and Martin, who presented a letter from Congressman Young congratulated the riders and proclaimed July the 20th as Amputees Across America Day in Largo, Florida. Unfortunately, none of our numerous traffic violations will be forgiven. Cliff is plea bargaining to do community service at the Largo golf club.
Joe thanks HealthSouth for the wonderful job that HealthSouth and Fusion did in organizing this event. They did a world class job, spared no expense, and generated an enthusiasm within the community that touched our hearts. Joe was moved to such an extent that he promised, in future rides to Largo, that we will return the silverware that came up missing last year.
As Cliff grumbled about his community service gig, he was heard to comment, "Now I know why we had to eat with plastic forks." Joe as usual just smiled.
Cliff and Abel tell their stories and as usual warm the hearts and spirit of all that listen.
Abel talks to a bilateral friend but while leaning on the scooter handlebars, caused the scooter to go into full speed reverse. Joe thinks that Abel is trying Joe's trick of backing the truck and trailer into unwary police officers.
Joe untangles Abel from the scooter and tries to protect some Fusion staff from runaway scooters.
Joe is behind some friends, waiting for them to leave so that he can search for loose change under the chair cushions.
The triple A team manages to sell a poster to Bob, a hotel amabassador and entertainment agent. Joe doesn't understand what a hotel ambassador is as his only experience was with a Super 8 hotel ambassador who was also an off duty police officer. Joe walks away very confused.
Here Joe and Abel stand next to an average sized person. Notice Joe on the left experiencing a vicarious growth spurt as he rises above Abel.
Some therapy staff members take some time out from their paperwork to kibitz with the older generation.
Elaine, Martin, Jeanie, Jackie, Dion, Vicki, and the other fifteen or so dedicated individuals from HealthSouth and Fusion, who formed the committee that put the event together. You guys outdid yourself this year, which exceeded even that of last year. We find it very difficult, particularly as we near the end of the ride, to not get teary eyed about all of the love, warmth, and support we receive. And this event, with the ball game, the visitation, and all the planning that went into it has only made us feel so grateful for your support of what we do. HealthSouth, in Largo, as well as every single facility that we have visited, we thank you from our hearts. Thank you HealthSouth, and thank you HealthSouth patients who show the courage and determination that we need, to continue.
Orlando, you keep doing what you are doing. You are in the right place and doing what you need to do. Keep it up.
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