Jen Ropp (Jeanette Baldock)

Hi, My name is Mary Ellen Siegford Crabtree, and I am fundraising for Jen Ropp/Jeanette Baldock. I am one of Jen's many friends. We met 20 years ago in Moscow, Idaho, through our mutual love of chestnut mares. Since then, we have stayed close even though I moved to Montana, she is in Spokane, and neither of us has a chestnut mare anymore. We have found other adventures to have. I cheered for her as she ran the Missoula Marathon. We have floated the river together, hiked in the woods, discussed raising our daughters and occasionally overate chocolate peanut butter cookies.

On June 21, 2022 Jen had a mountain bike accident that resulted in a crushed spinal cord. Her C5 and C6 vertebrae are fused now, and everything below is affected. Her spinal cord was not severed as in the case of Christopher Reeves, but it will take a full year to find out how much movement she will regain and in which limbs. Jen says it takes a year to prepare for a FULL IRON MAN, and this is her FULL IRON MAN challenge. Every training she has done up to this point has taught her how to achieve the best possible recovery.

Jen will be rehabilitated at St. Luke's of Spokane until July 28th; then, she will be home supported by her loving family. Every day Jen has expressed a desire to live life to the fullest and connect with those around her. She is not asking for sympathy or empathy but support and strength from the people around her to help her keep doing things she loves. Those around Jen supporting her are affectionately referred to as her ARMY. Jen suggests that anyone who wants a better idea of where she is now and what direction she plans to head next watch the Netflix original Walk. Ride. Rodeo.

Though Jen may never run another marathon or do another triathlon without adaptive equipment, she can still look forward to reaching the mountain's summit on the back of a horse or a handcycle. Of course, the horse, bike and all the equipment will take a while to find, but Jen has a long way to go before she's ready for the saddle (be it horse or bike).

If you have worked, ran, rode or befriended Jen in her many other pursuits, I ask that you donate! We can help her have the funds to purchase just the right things she will need to continue having adventures. In a recent conversation, she said she feels fortunate not to be a vegetable. She feels it is a privilege to be able to relearn how to do the things she once took for granted. Today she relearns how to brush her teeth, and in the future, she plans to return to running up Mt. Spokane, even if in a modified method.

All funds collected will be used towards adaptive equipment outside what insurance covers. Jen needs to alter her recreational equipment, vehicle, and home to accommodate her needs. Insurance will not cover everything.

A vehicle modification is between S20,000 and S80,000

Another example is that a regular wheelchair for indoor use may be covered, but a chair for outdoor use such as a GoGrit is not and costs about $5,000.

Handcycles are definitely not covered by insurance and average S10,000-S15,000

As for a horse and equipment, well we haven't really priced that out yet....but it will cost a penny or two.

On a good note, Jen is a fighter. She had back surgery in 2015, a partial discectomy and laminectomy of L5 S1 Followed by 6 months of PT and then did the Mozilla half marathon in 2016!

If Jen has touched your life, please join Jen's ARMY and give. Also, Jen wants you to know that our goal is lofty, and even if we don't reach it, every little bit helps her immensely.

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Organizer and beneficiary

Mary Crabtree 
Spokane, WA
Jen Ropp