Check out the X-Ray.
As part of our Portland Area Recreational Cyclist group, Ricky was riding with us down the steep part of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail when one of the riders had an equipment malfunction and went into the side foliage. A bit of mayhem ensued as people were slowing and stopping to lend a hand. That is when another cyclists bike caught Ricky’s rear tire, causing him to careen out of control. Both cyclists went flying off their bikes and hit the paved trail hard.
We started to attend to all involved and assess the wounds as we moved off the trail. The first rider was banged up and suffered a broken toe. It also became clear Ricky suffered a serious injury and we were able to get him off the trail by walking him and the other injured cyclist down to the fish hatchery, the closest access to a roadway. Meanwhile other cyclists rode back up the trail to their autos to meet us at the hatchery.
We were able to get him to a hospital. Doctors say he has a serious break and will need surgery requiring the reconstruction of his collarbone and rehabilitation to use his left arm again. This will put him out of commission for a good number of weeks, not just from bike riding or kayaking but also working and providing for his family as he must be off work in order to heal properly.
Who is this guy, you ask?
Ricky Chewning is everybody’s friend, an assistant organizer of both Portland Area Recreational Cyclist and Kayak Portland meetup groups, and a member of Oregon Ocean Paddling Society. He is the quiet, dependable guy who everyone gets helped by and who is always there to lend a hand with everything in, on, and out of the water, near a trail, or at events. He is everyone’s friend, and a dear one at that.
Ricky is the guy who works behind the lines. We are asking for help for him because he is self-employed as an event producer and an integral part of all of our little communities, plus the cost and time away from work will impact him in a big way. He produces everything from local music events to Portland Sunday Parkways bike events. He is the guy behind the scenes getting things done, arranging services, ensuring materials are delivered, moving stuff to the correct locations. He produces many different events in Dallas, Washington, and right here in Portland. He is an important guy to our community and to many others, offering his support paid and unpaid in any situation he is needed in.
To share a personal story
about when we first met Ricky through Kayak Portland, about 4 years ago there was this shy, quiet person just on the edges of our kayaking trips. He had heard about Kayak Portland and would read about the paddles but wasn’t sure he wanted to be part of any big group. He would go to listed events but stay just outside the group as we paddled, sort of following but alone. He would also read about an event and paddle it before we even splashed in. Many times this guy would be leaving as we were just getting there. We finally got to meet him at one splash-in as he happened to be coming out of the water when we were just getting there and we were able to talk and invite him to paddle with us.
We are super thankful for that day as later he became an assistant organizer for our group, lending his professional knowledge and skills to all of our events, always offering his quiet and dependable assistance, great humor and engaging smile. Ricky is a great resource for our group and many others in the community and humbly helps anyone who needs his assistance.
He’s a good friend to all and we are asking for your help in helping him get through this scary and difficult time.
Funds will help towards:
Surgery to fix severely broken collarbone
Therapy to learn how to use the new “bionic” collar…
6 to 8 weeks of Lost wages
- Elizabeth Carlson
- Trish Voss
- Jennifer Alkezweeny
- steve hensley
- Richard Coffman
Organizer and beneficiary
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