On September 26, Trent Theroux is going to attempt to swim 40 miles around Aquidneck Island to benefit RISE Above Paralysis.

As the crow flies, Aquidneck Island has a circumference of 37 miles. However, because of the shifting tides and navigational requirements the swim will be closer to 40 miles. The swim will start at historic Fort Adams at 7:00am and complete approximately 1:00am the following day.

Trent who is from Bristol, Rhode Island now calls Barrington, Rhode Island.

In September 2002, Trent Theroux was the victim of a boating accident in which the propeller carved into his back four times severing all the major muscles on the left side of his back and cutting into five bones in his spinal column. During my time in the hospital he made a list of items he wanted to achieve during the balance of his life. The first on the list was to walk. Also on the list was to lift his young children and return to his job. Then, he got a little crazy and included running a marathon, racing up the stairs of a skyscraper and completing the Ironman. Following an extensive period of rehabilitation he was able to achieve all those items on my list.  The last item on my list was to complete an unprecedented ocean swim.

Trent was inspired by the mission of RISE Above Paralysis. Through his “Back To Block” swim three years ago, he raised $50,000 to be used as grants for durable medical equipment. These funds have made it possible for individuals to access much needed medical equipment that they would not have been able to obtain otherwise.

Now Trent is “Back to Newport” to raise funds and used vehicles for those with a spinal cord injury. Without access to modified transportation, it is highly unlikely that those with paralysis can leave home. They are unable to get back to employment, attend school events with their children or even go to a doctor’s appointment. Accessible transportation means independence, enhanced self-esteem and a greater involvement in everyday life doing the things that most take for granted.


Trent’s goal is to raise $50,000, 100% of money raised will be used towards adaptive motorized vehicles, for those whose lives changed as quickly as his did.

Fundraising efforts have currently raised $19,850.00.


All donations go directly to RISE Above Paralysis (GBC, NSCIA) — a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Your donation is tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.


Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

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