Nearly two years ago, Craig Cunningham’s career — and almost his life — ended on the ice of the Arizona Coyotes AHL affiliate in Tucson, Arizona when he experienced sudden cardiac arrest in pregame warmups. This summer, his younger brother Ryan is riding his bike from British Columbia to Arizona to raise funds for Craig’s foundation.
I’ve been keeping up with Ryan Cunningham as he rides from BC to Tucson, with an expected arrival on Saturday, all to raise money for brother Craig Cunningham’s foundation. https://t.co/liRbhJDOmh
— Amalie Benjamin (@AmalieBenjamin) August 14, 2018
The ride hasn’t been easy, especially a stretch through Idaho that impeded his ability to have fully functioning tires, but Ryan Cunningham believes that fundraising sometimes involves personal sacrifice to get the message out about the importance of this charity. Craig’s foundation, co-founded by his doctor, Zain Khalpey, is hoping to create an app that will track cardiac info from a band worn on the users wrist to prevent these sudden episodes before they occur. So far, Ryan Cunningham has raised nearly half of his goal of $50,000.
Craig is also supporting his brother in his ride, he and their mother are meeting up with him for the ride in Utah this week. Ryan’s fiancée has been driving behind him on his trek from Castlegar, British Colombia down through his current location in Utah.
He is due to finish his ride and arrive in Arizona on Saturday.