Help John Russell Recover

Hi, it’s John here.

I’m writing from the red couch where I spend most of my time since the wreck.


On August 17th, I got in a terrible wreck in the hills of SW Portland.

This MIPS bike helmet saved my life.

I flew head first through the air at around 20 MPH.

Everything seemed to slow down as I flew. 

(The vision of the street coming towards me still replays over and over in my head. )


I heard my bones snap each time I smashed into the black asphalt.

(I can’t get that sound out of my head.)

I rolled many, many times.

The pain was worse than anything I’ve experienced in my entire life.

I stopped tumbling in the dirt and bushes on the side of a small road.

(What the hell just happened?)

Blood dripped from my right forearm.

I could tell my shoulder area was done.

My right side was so painful I couldn’t catch a breath.  

I weakly called for help twice. I couldn’t project my voice.

Too much pain.

I was hurt badly. 

Thankfully, a car pulled out of a nearby street.

They saw me in pieces and called an ambulance.

Tests reveal

A shattered clavicle and 6 broken ribs.

Two of those ribs broken twice.

They pumped me with a lot of pain killers. 

(We can rebuild him.) 


They installed a titanium plate and multiple screws where my clavicle was.

My right arm now sits in a sling that rests against my broken ribs.

I’m not allowed to lift anything more than a piece of paper with my right arm.

My physical state varies between extreme discomfort and terrible pain.

I am still bruised from my right knee up to my armpit. 

There will be many physical therapy sessions.


This is going to be a tough recovery. 

I can’t get back to a full-time work schedule or perform improv shows for at least two months.

I need your help to survive.

I am asking for donations to help pay for rent, food, and life necessities while I recover.

I truly appreciate any help that you can give because I am down to my last dollars.

I’m not on any social media sites so please share this with people you think may know me. 

If you know me through ComedySportz, please help and share my story with the CSz fam in your city.

Thank you for reading this.


John Russell
(323) [phone redacted]

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John Russell 
Portland, OR

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