LEE ANNE'S MEMORIAL
Lee Anne Barry was raised on a small farm in Michigan In 1970, at age five, she was hit by a car and sustained a serious brain injury. Back then there were no resources for her, or her family, to get information and help.
After many years of occupational, speech and physical therapy, and brain surgery at 16, she made it through school, went on to college and developed a strong interest in cycling.
The memory of being in a wheelchair on her sixth birthday motivated her to be as physically active as possible. It opened up a whole new world to her.
Six years after college she took part in her first organized event, the Paralympic torch relay. She always wanted to raise awareness of brain injuries, improve recovery for survivors, and inspire them to a meaningful life.
In 2001, she realized her dream, and staged the first B.I.G. Ride from Morro Bay, CA over 4,000 miles to Augusta, ME. She completed three more rides in 2003, 2005, and 2007.
Unfortunately, in 2007 her life was taken in a tragic accident. She paid the ultimate price accomplishing her mission. Her inspiration lives on through the B.I.G. Ride.