Ciar\u00e1n Carruthers rides again. The Ridgefield resident and avid mountain biker is trying to raise $15,000 to support World TEAM Sports (WTS), a non-profit organization which helps wounded veterans and the disabled find purpose through team-oriented outdoor sports. Carruthers fund-raising efforts are supported by his longtime friend, Ridgefield Police Dispatcher Bill Browning. \u201cYou don\u2019t have to be a vet,\u201d Carruthers said about WTS. \u201cEverything is through athletics. There\u2019s only two paid employees \u2014 I\u2019m not one of them. We\u2019re all volunteers, so over 94% of money raised goes to helping vets.\u201d This year marks a change of pace for Carruthers, who for the past 11 years rode the 192-mile Pan-Mass Challenge, which runs part of the historic coastline of eastern Massachusetts to raise funds for the Dana-Farber Cancer institute. That organization was particularly dear to both Carruthers and Browning. Carruthers lost both his parents to cancer in his native Ireland. Browning was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) during a routine physical exam he needed to join the Ridgefield Police Department. After receiving treatment for CLL, Browning fell from a ladder while doing yardwork, an injury which left him partially paralyzed. He now works for the department as a dispatcher. \u201cThese guys are lacking money,\u201d Carruthers said, explaining why he made the switch from riding the Pan-Mass Challenge to support WTS. \u201cThe Pan-Mass will raise $48 million, and these guys took a hit last year.\u201d On the road again Carruthers already completed the first of three events for WTS this past April \u2014 a two-day road bicycle ride from Washington, D.C., to Gettysburg, Penn. As an able-bodied rider, Carruthers was on-hand to assist his fellow cyclists, many of whom ride recumbent bicycles, or hand-powered trikes. \u201cOur job is to keep them safe,\u201d Carruthers said. \u201cWe physically push them when necessary \u2014 we put poles in the back of the recumbent [bicycles and trikes for disabled riders]. We work with them on hills. With my crew, one thing I always make very clear: it\u2019s not about us. We come home after the weekend, and everything is normal.\u201d Heading west He is looking forward to the next, and toughest, event. \u00a0 \u201cIn September I\u2019m going to Colorado for Adventure TEAM Challenge,\u201d Carruthers said. \u201cThat\u2019s a three-day event with teams of five \u2014 three able-bodied, one ambulatory, and one paraplegic. There\u2019s rock-climbing, rafting, and mountain-biking, and everybody in every team has to complete everything.\u201d \u201cHe says he won\u2019t take me because I\u2019m too heavy,\u201d interjected Browning, laughing. \u201cWe\u2019re hoping to get him riding on a recumbent soon,\u201d Carruthers said. West Point to Ground Zero Despite both having a strong passion for cycling, Carruthers and Browning sadly never had the chance to ride together before Browning\u2019s injury. After the Colorado stage in September, Carruthers will take part in a one day ride from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to the Ground Zero site in lower Manhattan. Carruthers runs a tree-specialist business in town, Emerald Organic. He said his Irish upbringing instilled in him a strong belief in the need to give back to the community. \u201cSome of these kids are coming out of the military in their early 20\u2019s, and they\u2019ve already been retired because of disability. There\u2019s a lot of loneliness, and everything else\u2026 Once I [worked with WTS] I fell in love with it.\u201d Carruthers said he is also supported by Cannondale Bicycles, a local company founded in Wilton. Readers who would like to contribute to Carruthers and Browning\u2019s goal of $15,000 can email Carruthers at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, or go to https:\/\/give.everydayhero.com\/us\/fighting-irish to contribute directly. Carruthers recommends writing a check to avoid paying a credit card fee for payment processing.