James Dubberly was in a major motorcycle accident and needs your support. His work, home, mobility and entire livelihood are at stake. We need your help.
About James: the Backstory
For over three decades, James Dubberly has dedicated his life to helping others increase their quality of life through fitness, nutrition, promoting health and wellbeing, as well as preventing and overcoming injuries. He has touched countless lives through his compassionate approach to advising on healthy lifestyles, fitness and nutrition plans, and beyond.
An avid cyclist and community gatherer through local motorcycle events and meet-ups, James has deep roots in the Portland community. We are his family advocating for his livelihood, and we extend this request to you: whether you’re a friend, family member, client, or a new member of our ohana, we ask for your support in helping James overcome the financial burden from this unfortunate reality.
In May, James was injured in a motorcycle accident. With seven different surgeries spread over a week’s time, the incredible trauma team at Legacy Emmanuel helped repair extensive injuries across the entire lower half of his body and left arm. He faces three months in a wheelchair before he will begin putting weight on his lower extremities. Then there will be a long road to recovery following.
We are lucky James is still with us — however, his entire livelihood is at risk. Insurance companies will only cover so much medical bills, he faces a huge challenge with wage loss and significant disruption to his business, and his living situation will now change dramatically. Plus, as such an active and healthy person (not to mention being left-handed), this loss of the mobility of three of his limbs, need for an in-house nurse, and heightened reliance on his people to help has created suffering in its own right.
Below is more insight on the main challenges and the costs:
***His work: As creator of the concept of Whole Body Fitness, James has helped orchestrate the best approach to incoming clients’ success since its opening 13 years ago. His ability to train people and demonstrate exercises safely and effectively (as well as provide physical support to his clients to ensure prevention of injuries), manage and clean the studio, handle maintenance repairs, and even perform simple actions like putting fitness equipment away will be challenged for the foreseeable future.
***His living situation: James loves the water and owns a boat on the Columbia River where he lives aboard. Now that he’ll be in a wheelchair, he had to find another home at a rental property — making monthly living expenses much higher than he's capable of handling. The property also has to be fitted to his needs, and an in-house nurse will be needed to help him day-to-day, in addition to his partner’s support.
***His rehabilitation and mobility limitations: Riding his bicycle, working out multiple times a week and getting out into nature are James’ regular pastimes. For the next three months, he’ll be in a wheelchair and from then hope to begin learning how to walk again with his new body. We’re hoping he’ll be able to walk on his own in 6 months, and get back to his commuting by bicycle in a year, provided everything goes according to plan.
It will be a long and hard road ahead, but James is determined to rise above this tragedy and overcome all odds. He remains positive and appreciative to all in his corner.
“I understand this accident could have broken me emotionally and mentally just as it did physically. I look at this reality as an opportunity for growth, and I am grateful. I am grateful, because I see this opportunity as something that will absolutely change my life for the better. It has been and will be very hard, but your support to me means everything in the world, and it shows how powerful love can be and how important it is for each of us to look out for one another." - James
How You Can Help
Your help in supporting these challenges will be monumental to his ability to thrive and get back to a normal way of life. The money donated here will be spent on the massive medical bills accumulated, rental property, living expenses to accommodate the immobility, and support for the loss of wages not coming in from his work training with clients.
Personally, this cause means so much to us, because James has helped each of us in so many ways. He is the safest rider we know — always attentive, respectful and aware. His humble bravery is an inspiration to us all — we appreciate you and are very grateful for any potential support you can give.
To help us get the word out, please share this link to your friends and family. Sharing on Facebook and Instagram are great modes — and we also appreciate any community sharing you can do as it is our community and the love and support we have for one another that gets us through such hard times as these.
Ways to help:
-Donate what you can.
-Spread the word through in-person connections and social media. Use the hashtag #helpjamesheal to connect with our support community.
-Stay tuned for news of a benefit coming in local Portland and join us in July.
***Disclaimer: we all know how much medical bills can cost and this $200,000 requested is not going to come close to covering the medical bills - but it is a starting point so we appreciate you and your support for any and all that you can share.
Raising Awareness for Two Wheels
On two wheels, we take up less space on the roads, generate less emissions and air pollutants, and utilize a more fuel-efficient transportation method than cars. But we are also more exposed and have much less hardware to protect us against impact. About 75% of motorcycle accidents involve collisions with another vehicle, oftentimes a passenger automobile.
When motorist drivers don’t see or recognize motorcycles, it’s often too late for the motorcyclist to avoid the collision. This goes the same for bicyclists: about 30% of all bicycle accident injuries occur when a bicyclist is struck by a car, and drivers who are not paying attention are more likely to cause a collision.
Bottom line: if you can’t see where you’re going, don’t turn. Use your signals. Give us an opportunity to know your thoughts before maneuvering through traffic. Try to remember how exposed we are out on the road — be it motorcyclists, bicyclists or even pedestrians. We are all human and make mistakes, but by taking precautions and spending an extra minute, you could save a life.
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