Amputee cyclists make stop in East Texas

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The cyclists of Amputees Across America arrived to find a welcoming crowd at Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital.

It's a 3,500 mile journey and there have already been injuries.  The group of cyclists started out with five and is down to three.  One cyclist is hospitalized in Plano, Texas and another in Albuquerque.

The amputees' slogan is "Dream it...Believe it...Achieve it." So far they have traveled across six states.  But, they say their most important job is right here encouraging other amputees to live their life to the fullest.

Cyclist Abel Cruz lost his leg in a motorcycle accident.  He say's the biggest lesson is to simply move on.

"I think we have to accept fate.  It is what it is and we just need to move forward from there," said Cruz.

Doc Milligan has been cycling with Amputees Across America for several years.  He says the patients motivate him to keep moving.

" What keeps us motivated and keeps us pedaling are the people in HealthSouth facilities. They inspire me more than I inspire them," said Milligan.

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