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GSU grad completes his 'Ride for Recovery'


May 20, 2014

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    One journey is over, and another one is just beginning.
    Georgia Southern University graduate Steve Pulley began a coast-to-coast cycling trip in late March to raise awareness for addiction recovery and collegiate recovery centers.
    Starting his "Ride for Recovery" journey on the West Coast, Pulley dipped the back tire of his bike in the Pacific Ocean in San Diego and began his trek east. On Sunday, Pulley completed his eight-week ride with a stop on Sullivan's Island, S.C., when his front tire touched the Atlantic Ocean, just one week before his first day of graduate school for physical therapy at Medical University of South Carolina.
    Before wrapping up his journey, Pulley spent a couple of days in Statesboro last week, thanking several local organizations and groups for their support.
    After years of addiction, Pulley achieved sobriety with help from Louie's House, a long-term recovery residence for men owned by Carol Lind Mooney, daughter of the founders of Willingway Hospital, an alcohol and drug treatment facility in Statesboro.
    Willingway Hospital and Willingway Foundation help fund the Center for Addiction Recovery at Georgia Southern, a collegiate recovery center that assists those in recovery to begin or to continue their college education. Willingway also sponsored Pulley's cross-country bike ride.
    Other local supporters Pulley thanked included Olive Garden, Dynamic Solutions and Chris Johnson, Swim.Bike.Run and Pladd Dot Music.
    Pulley rode more than 3,000 miles and had the opportunity to speak more than 25 times to various groups across the country about his former addictions and road to recovery. Speaking engagements were planned prior to the trip, but many of the talks were spontaneous along the way.
    "The trip couldn't have been more rewarding," he said. "My expectations were surpassed in all capacities.
    "I hope I planted a few seeds along the way," he continued. "I wanted to make sobriety attractive to the young, to show them that they can still have fun.
    "For me, I thought things were going to get smaller and smaller (with sobriety)," he said. "But things have gotten bigger and bigger. Recovery has given me so many things. There's nothing that I can't do but take a drink or use drugs."

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