On August 11th, my brother Jared was hit by an uninsured driver while riding his bike cross country in an effort to raise $10,000 for a cancer respite charity called "For Pete's Sake". After a downsizing at Jared's job, my brother saw a great opportunity to complete a feat he had always dreamed of and at the same time help a great cause. Jared started his trip July 25th, riding from Astoria, Oregon to Ocean City, New Jersey. The planned trip was over 3,000 miles and would have taken roughly a month. Jared was about 1,800 miles through his ride when he was struck by a pickup truck near Hinton, Iowa. Jared was documenting his trip publically on Facebook where he provided daily updates and photos: Jared's Ride
The complexity of Jared's injuries include a concussion, two broken humerus (the largest bone in your arm between your elbow and your shoulder), multiple fractured and shattered vertebrae, and paralysis that extends from his waist down. Jared was told he would never walk again. (Not that he is giving up so easily!)
Because of the severity of Jared's injuries, my brother has undergone multiple surgeries including a spinal surgery and surgery on his arms where titanium rods were inserted to keep his bones together. He has been recovering in Mercy Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa for the last month. As you can imagine the medical expenses are starting to add up and now we are faced with another expense: getting Jared home to Pennsylvania and to a rehabilitation center which specializes in spinal cord injury. Since the driver that struck my brother had no insurance, and because Jared was in between jobs, my family is trying to find a way to pay for some of Jared's overwhelming rehabilitation expenses and his trip home.
It is hard to explain in words the roller coaster of emotions that have overwhelmed my family since Jared's accident. It is difficult to understand why this was destined to happen to him when he was riding for a such a worthy cause. Just as Jared was helping others when his trip was cut short, I would like to take this opportunity to ask you to help me help Jared.
Take a look at Jared's recent interview with a local Iowa news station and thank you in advance for helping Jared on his Ride to Recovery: Cross-country cyclist reaches cancer fundraising goals despite severe injury