2017 GABR Stars Each year GABR Stars are selected to serve as ambassadors for the race. These individuals have received assistance through dollars raised by GABR teams and riders. They help us promote the race by sharing their stories of the impact that GABR has had on them. This year our GABR Stars are:

Aubrey Eckroth

No matter what challenges come her way, Aubrey Eckroth greets them with a smile. That enthusiasm has won her the nickname, Super Aubrey.

Aubrey, from Bismarck, N.D., was born three months premature, weighing just 2 pounds. Her twin brother, Nathan, passed away at 8 days old. As Aubrey grew, her family noticed that her movements weren't like other children's.

At 2 years old, Aubrey was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Since that day, Aubrey has amazed. She's now 8 years old and has reached milestones her family didn't know she ever would, smiling through it all.

Aubrey's success is thanks in part to support from the Great American Bike Race (GABR). Funds from the annual stationary bike-a-thon have helped cover Aubrey’s medical and therapy costs not covered by insurance. GABR has also helped provide Aubrey with essential equipment including her wheelchair, walker, adaptive bike and most recently, assistance to help her family purchase a wheelchair accessible van.

“All her equipment has helped her lead a more independent life and given her the confidence to reach her goals," said her parents, Kristin and Jamie.

By supporting GABR, you help local kids, like Super Aubrey, live fully and reach for the stars!

Elijah Perdue

Nine-year-old Elijah Perdue is a fighter. He never gives up or backs down from a challenge.

Elijah, from Mandan, N.D., was born 14 weeks premature, weighing just 1 pound, 5 ounces. At 2 years old, he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Since that day, Elijah has proved how hard he can work.

His determination and bright spirit are an inspiration to his family and community, which rallies together each year for the Great American Bike Race (GABR). Funds raised during the annual stationary bike-a-thon have assisted Elijah's family with costs not covered by insurance, including equipment, therapy sessions and gas to get Elijah to and from his many appointments.

“It brings us great peace knowing Elijah can get what he needs when he needs it,” said his mom, Sarah. “Because of GABR, we can enjoy life with our family instead of worrying about money to meet Elijah’s needs.”

By supporting GABR, you can help local kids, like Elijah, reach their full potential no matter what obstacles stand in their way.