VeloCity brings together a love for cycling and Grady

Grady Memorial Hospital

Credit: WSB-TV

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Credit: WSB-TV

VeloCity is not just a ride, it’s a celebration that includes a pre-ride festival with live music on Friday (May 4) as well as plenty of food and drinks before and after the ride on Saturday – all at Georgia International Plaza, just steps outside of the stadium.

Cox Media Group, parent company of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, is one of the sponsors of the cycling event.

Participating in the pre-ride party on Friday night is Dr. Melissa Parker, a doctor at Northside Hospital, and her 16-year-old son, William, who suffered a serious, life-threatening injury while playing football.

Almost two years ago, William suffered a brain hemorrhage during a tackle in a middle school football game. William was playing in his team’s first 8th grade football game.

Parker insisted her son, who was unconscious on the field, be rushed to Grady, a level 1 trauma center. At Grady, William underwent an immediate brain surgery and within a few hours, he was in a recovery room. By morning, he opened one eye and could motion with his left hand that he could hear his family. After a 24-hour stay at Grady, with stable vital signs on a ventilator, he was transferred to Egleston then Scottish Rite inpatient rehab.

After missing the first half of his 8th grade year, William returned to school. He started 9th grade right on time, earning a 3.8 GPA his first semester back.

“We truly believe it was a combination of faith and medicine that saved my life. And I will be forever grateful to everyone who helped me that day. There is no doubt in my mind that I would not be here if it were not for Grady Hospital,” said William during a recent Grady gala event.