Inside Out 313: Dottie Rice Ride for Christ

05.14.14 | Martha Manikas-Foster

A woman whose impact on her community was understood more fully after her sudden death has inspired a day of bike rides and family activities this coming Saturday from 10 to 4 in Chenango Forks, New York.

“She truly took the love that filled her--that she brought to every relationship and every conversation--and she used that in her career to touch the lives of so many, so many people,” says Brienne Schmidt of her Aunt Dottie Rice. “We just had no idea until she was gone that this was the impact she was having on the community.”

To celebrate the joy of a woman who loved what she did—and also celebrate the source of the love that she shared with others--Schmidt is heading up the team organizing the Dottie Rice Ride for Christ this Saturday in the Chenango Valley State Park.

Rice, an avid cyclist, made an impact particularly in the lives of people in the deaf and hard of hearing community, where she spent 30 years as a sign language interpreter and later an adjunct professor at local colleges. Rice died in October, 2012--at age 64--after being struck by a car while riding her bike in Owego, N.Y. Rice and her husband had completed a 90-day cross-country bike ride the summer before her death.

Join us (by clicking on the LISTEN or DOWNLOAD icon above) for a conversation about Dottie Rice, the inspiration for the Saturday, May 17, 2014 Dottie Rice Ride For Christ.

See the schedule of bike rides, live music, and family activities planned for the Dottie Rice Ride For Christ from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Chenango Valley State Park in Chenango Forks, NY.

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