Curt Schilling offers reward to find wounded veterans’ stolen bicycles

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Curt Schilling of the Boston Red Sox throws out the first pitch of game five of the American League Championship Series against the Tampa Bay Rays during the 2008 MLB playoffs at Fenway Park on October 16, 2008. (Getty Images)

SAN DIEGO – Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling joined the effort in finding 16 custom-made bicycles stolen from a group of wounded veterans in San Diego.

Schilling expressed his frustration over the stolen bicycles on Twitter and offered a reward of “two tickets and two seats to ANY game in the country for whoever makes this happen… with travel paid.”

The adaptive bikes owned by the non-profit Ride 2 Recovery were stolen last Tuesday from a storage unit at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. The bikes were worth over $10,000, but to the wounded warriors and their organization they are priceless.

Woundedwarrior“It may seem like a bicycle to most, but it’s not to us. It’s our way of life,” said retired Marine Corps Sgt. Jamie Rihn, the Ride 2 Recovery program director.

Rihn said the adaptive bikes are much more than just recreational. They’re therapeutic for many veterans struggling with injuries.

“They can just be down in the dumps when they get on the bike. But when they’re done riding, even if it’s just 10 minutes, you can see the smiles on their faces, there’s just life back in their hearts,” Rihn said.

The listeners of AM 760 KFMB helped donate more than $25,000 Wednesday to help replace some of the bicycles.

Click here to donate to Ride 2 Recovery

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