(myFOXDetroit.com Staff Reports) – Friends, family and fellow cyclists gathered Monday to ride and remember the life of Kevin Degen, a disabled cyclist who raised thousands of dollars for charities and inspired a countless amount of others.
Degen, 52, died suddenly Tuesday.
The Detroit Free Press reports Degen was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth, and doctors held out little hope that he would lead a normal life. But the bike his parents bought him became his ticket to freedom.
FOX 2′s Al Allen reports Degen’s rides eventually raised nearly $200,000 for a number of organizations, including the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Michigan .
Click the video player to learn more about the life of Keegen.
Plus, you can send donations to Degen’s Memorial Foundation at:
Kevin Degen Memorial Foundation
P.O. Box 1353
Birmingham, MI 48012
Dear WAM riders and friends of Kevin Degen,
Many riders from the Make-A-Wish Foundation as well as the MS Society have expressed interest in riding in Kevin’s honor from his funeral service to the cemetery on Monday, August 16. We’ve learned from the family that this amazing gesture would mean the world to them. The family asked that we let you know that there will be a police escorted bicycle processional from Holy Name Catholic Church in Birmingham to the White Chapel Cemetery in Troy — about a 7 mile ride. If you want to honor Kevin and the freedom cycling gave him you are welcome to bring your bike and join in. Please keep in mind you will be responsible for your own transportation back to the church, etc. This processional will start directly following the Funeral service. The funeral serves is at 10 am and the expected start time for the processional is 11 a.m.
Holy Name Catholic Church
630 Harmon, Birmingham, MI
White Chapel Cemetery, Troy
621 W Long Lake Rd
Troy, MI 48098