As heartbreaking as it was that Spanish bicyclist Diego Ballesteros Cucurul was struck by a car near Benton and partially paralyzed last month during the Race Across America, it was heartening to see the response from the Wichita community and especially his fellow cyclists. Former Sedgwick County Commissioner Ben Sciortino and his wife, Mary, advanced Ballesteros more than $21,000 for his trip back to Spain, and local fundraising efforts continue on the bicyclist's behalf (including at Carson Bank, 4641 E. Douglas, Wichita, KS 67218). In the end, as Ballesteros left over the weekend to continue his medical care in Barcelona, it was clear that the community's generosity had left an impression. "I had the biggest crash of my life, but I found the biggest people, too," he said.
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