• Founded in 2008 through collaboration
between John Wordin and the Veteran’s
Administration Hospital in Palo Alto, CA.
• Alternative therapy sought for PTSD and TBI
• Four Programs
– Challenge Series: 7 week-long rides per year
– Project HERO: 48 current sites
– Honor Ride: 10 one-day rides per year
– Special Events: 12 multi-day events per year
Women makeup 14.6% of the military according to current DoD figures.
On R2R Challenge Events, women make up 27.6% of participants.
R2R’s Women’s Initiative
• Collaboration with DoD
• Originated in 2013: pilot program in Texas
• Multiday events focus on resiliency-building
through team work, education, and shared
• Measurable outcomes using pre/post survey:
Confidence, knowledge, support, attitude
• Exposed to R2R through adaptive sports coordinator
on Post OR referred to R2R through a SARC.
• Links up with Project HERO on Post.
• PH Manager refers to Women’s Initiative.
• Participate in Women’s Event.
• Take part in Challenge Event.
• R2R succeeds at providing the environment
for positive change to occur.
• Each partner provides an important element
to the equation.
Collaboration with DoD from the very beginning.
Support from SAPRO and Senior Leadership
Assist in formulating pre/post surveys
Conceptualize future events
Army, USMC Chaplain presence
Donna A. Gaffney, DNSc, FAAN is the Advisor for
Education and Research at Project Rebirth, New
York. As a clinician, Donna has long addressed
trauma and loss in the lives of women and
families: after the Challenger explosion, the Pan
Am 103 crash, and Hurricane Katrina. She also
worked with schools and communities after the
terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Dotsie Bausch, an Olympian and silver medalist
from the London 2012 Olympic Games, a 7-time U.S.
National Champion and a 2x Pan American gold medal
winner, is in her fifteenth year of racing.
While Bausch has scored major victories on the bike,
perhaps her greatest victory came from resurrecting
her own life from the depths of severe eating disorders,
which threatened to take her life over a decade ago
after a promising modeling career in New York City.
The USO is dedicated to
helping in the rehabilitation
and reintegration of our
troops as they and their
families navigate the road to
The USO Mobile Canteen
is present at most R2R
events providing lunches,
entertainment, and resources.
Planning Template, June
Ride Brief @ 9:15
3mi climb/1k Ft repeats
Skills Workshop and 1st Ride
Pine Flat Ride
“Honoring Your Health”
Vega Sport Presentation--
Relaxation and Self
Kings Canyon Excursion
“The Things They Carried”,
Project Rebirth: “Ling’s
Closing Session—“What Will
Survey Results: March, 2014
(Determined through Likert Scale, questionnaire taken post event)
Scale: 1=strongly disagree to 5 = strongly agree
“I am as healthy as anybody I know.” 2.5
“How would you rate the current stress level in your work life?” 3.1
“I don’t know where to receive mental health counseling/support.” 1.7
“I would be seen as weak if I were to seek mental health counseling/support.” 2.9
“To what extent has the R2R Women’s Initiative helped you?”
“Improve performance of day-to-day activities.” 4.0
“I can now identify how my body responds to stress.” 4.2
“The support of the R2R staff members was helpful to me.” 5.0
“The guest speakers were interesting and informative.” 4.5
“I would recommend this program to a peer.” 4.8
Why does this work?
• Currently in the midst of a 2 year study with
University of Texas
• Renewed sense of family atmosphere
• Change comes from physical exhaustion
• Cycling treats the “whole person”—physically,
psychologically, socially, spiritually
• Our program will ALWAYS be dependent on
• Adaptable to needs/wants of survivors
• Open to advice of clinicians and professionals
• Service branch specific program
• Male MST program, early 2015