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Cyclist’s ‘unimaginable’ journey prompts a $10M donation to RIC

January 25th, 2017

A Chicago-area couple inspired by the grit of injured cyclist Mark Stephan have donated $10 million to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, where he recovered.

Sharon and Timothy Ubben.

Timothy and Sharon Ubben are longtime Chicago-area civic leaders who have given millions of dollars to causes all over the country. They’re also friends of Stephan and his wife, Margaret. Tim and Mark had known each other for years through their work in the financial world and at the Skokie Country Club, where they played some golf together.

A 2007 bike accident that left Stephan a quadriplegic hit home for them.

They stayed in “constant contact” with the Stephans during Mark’s recovery at RIC and were inspired, Ubben says in an interview, by his friend’s “courage and persistence.”


Read more in my column in the Chicago Sun-Times.

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