Bringing home Stephen Murray
In June 2007 I suffered a career ending injury at the Baltimore Dew Tour where I crashed on a double backflip and broke my neck leaving me paralysed from the shoulders down. For the last 9 years my life has had more than it's fair share of complications, but I continue to 'stay strong' and firmly believe that one day in the future I will walk again and ride with my two boys.
I moved out to California as an 18 year old with dreams of becoming a professional BMX Dirt Jumper, and managed to not only fulfil that dream but achieve things I could never have imagined possible for a kid from Newcastle. Now 18 years on, the time has come for me to move back home to England with my two sons Seth and Mason.
The last 9 years have been incredibly financially draining on my family and the reality is that it is unsustainable for me to continue living in the US. Additionally, in the last 4 months, I have suffered 3 severe bouts of hospital inducing pneumonia and I know that the best place of care for Seth, Mason and myself is back home in England with my family.
The costs of moving back home to England are enormous (I have spent 18 years of my life here) and their are further significant costs involved once there such as housing modifications for wheelchair accessibility, rehabilitation equipment and physiotherapy programmes to name but a few. Additionally, it will take up to 2 years for me to receive full disability benefits (having lived outside of the UK for such a long time) so the immediate future will certainly be financially difficult, although I know that long term this is the right move for us all.
My friends have told me I should set up this page to help make this move a reality. I continue to be overwhelmed by the support i'm still receiving such a long time after the accident, and can't thank you all enough.
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On 22nd June 2007 , 9 years ago today, my whole life changed after a slipping a pedal 30 ft high which left me with a broken neck and paralysed from the shoulders
Now I ride a different set of wheels and my dreams and aspirations are different but I still have the same drive and determination to dig deep and move forward with
my life for me and for my boys.
This is partly due to the love and support I have received and still continue to receive from all of you over the last nine years which has kept me motivated to move forward and STAYSTRONG.
Thank you all
Thank you all so much
Stephen, Seth and Mason
37th Expeditionary Bomb Squad flew this American flag over Afghanistan on a B-1 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on 13th April 2008 in my honour.
I am so proud that I Belong to both the UK and USA and would like to thank both military's for fighting for our freedom.
What an inspiration you are Stephen.... to your beautiful boys, to yourself & to people unknown, your belief in your ability to overcome many challenges & still have the faith to 'dig deeper'....heartfelt words...your journey to recovery requires the same dedication you have for Bmx. I have many 'Stay Strong' shirts that belonged to my son Dane Searls & they will be treasured as l know Dane would want them to be, out of respect for you. I wish you well in this new venture to relocate to Newcastle & in the words of Dane...stay true to your roots...and keep it real!
Forgive my typos.
Stephan, that night June 22 2007 our paths crossed. My fiancé and I had been mugged and he was beaten by three men with baseball bats. He was flown in to shock trauma minutes before you. I'll never forget sottimg in that waiting room covered in my fiancés blood surrounded by your friends. My fiancé made it eighteen days before passing and in those eighteen days your mother was incredible to me. I'll never forget riding on the elevator after just finding out my Joe had to have part of his skill removed. I was a wreck. The doors open and your mother took one look at me and just wrapped me in a hug. With everything she was going through she was still there for me, our path across but we were practically strangers, and she was still strong for me. She grab me and hug me and asked me do h everything she was going through she was still there for me, our path across but we were practically strangers, and she was still strong for me. She grab me and hug me and asked me "do you have a mum?" I did have a mum lol but it she was at work and I didn't know how badly I needed that hig until she was giving it to me. I know I've told you this in messages before but I thought I would share it here so that anyone who might not know could see the kind of people that your family are. I think of you all often, especially between June 22 and July 10 when my fiancé succumbed to his injuries. I wish you all the best and promise to donate as soon as I can. Thank you and I'm sending your mum that hug!