Wounded women take part in 'Warrior Ride' in Brunswick Co.
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WINNABOW, N.C. – More than 20 brave women from across the country continued on a Warrior Ride in Brunswick County, Friday. The three day event is the first women only Warrior Ride in North Carolina and one of the first of its kind in the nation.
Thursday the ladies went for a bike ride and on Friday they hit the water for a kayak trip.
"I have never kayaked before and I am pretty sure I will fall into the water at some point," said Ret. Petty Officer 2nd Class Leah Delamarter.
Kayak Adventures donated the kayaks and guided the 21 wounded warriors on a six mile kayak trip. Delamarter said all the activities are challenging but she's loving every minute.
"I was emotional fatigued by the end of the day but I loved it," said Delamarter, who is living with a damaged nervous system.
Delamarter can't hear out of her right ear, her vision doesn't focus properly in her right eye, and she sometimes can't control the right side of her body.
She said spending time with other wounded women and seeing a community come together reminds her why she joined the military in the first place.
"The last two years of my life have been nothing but doctors, medications. Doctors telling me what I can't do anymore. Basically my life was taken from me as I knew it," said Delamarter.
Event organizers said that's exactly why they organized this women only Warrior Ride. To honor the sacrifice made by 16 percent of today's armed forces.
"When we have our normal Warrior Rides, it's all guys basically. One or two women and they are not really given the time to bond," said Bob Racine, the founder of Warrior Ride.
And the ladies said the bonding is the best part.
"They understand that if you walk up behind me and touch me, I am going to freak out. They understand when I have had too much stimulation and I need to be by myself. I walk away and they don't look at me weird or ask questions," said Delamarter.
"I've done events with men but they still don't look at you quite the same and they don't quite understand everything you went through as a women," said Ret. Staff Sgt. Meghan Duprey.
And event organizers and supporters said they just want to say thanks. They hope to make this an annual event.
Saturday, the women get to relax and enjoy a day at the spa. Island Healing is donating their spa services.