Hi, my name is Stephen Murray and i'm a 36 year old former professional BMX Dirt Jumper and father of two boys, Seth and Mason.
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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