In late June, I was struck by a hit-and-run motorist while riding my bicycle...on the same day that my fiancee and I announced our engagement. (While the flood of "congratulations! are you okay?" texts was wonderful and amusing, I think we can all agree that this timing was less than ideal.)
I had emergency-ish surgery at the Mayo Clinic to fix a broken calcaneus; essentially, my heel was cracked in half and they had to screw it back together. I missed about two weeks of work and ingested more painkillers than my liver would care to admit, but things are starting to return to normal.
The care I've received so far has been incredible, and I'm recovering well--I've been back on my bike for about 2 weeks now, and I'm regaining strength each day. However, quality care comes at a cost. While I have solid health insurance through my employer, I still have to pay significant out-of-pocket costs because...
1) the driver fled the scene of the collision, as they were likely intoxicated
2) the Mankato police department not only did not attempt to investigate the incident or question me, they did not return my call when I left a message asking for details
3) I don't have auto insurance, because I don't own a motor vehicle
...soooo, basically, we were left to fend for ourselves. Thankfully, my health insurance is pretty decent, but there's still a significant balance due. Hence this thing.
I'm not asking for much...if you'd take the four bucks or whatever it'd cost to buy me a beer and throw it in this tank instead, I'd be eternally grateful.
But I WILL ask that you share the shit out of this, if only to raise awareness. Painting some half-assed bike lanes on a couple of poorly-lit roads does not make for a safe cycling city. Unless motorists take responsibility for the damage their vehicles can inflict and municipalities work to ensure the safety of their transportation systems, things like this will happen daily. Remind your friends and family that driving drunk is selfish and reckless, and that transportation shouldn't be a life-or-death issue.
Thanks, humans. I love y'all, and the outpouring of support so far has been rad as hell. Cheers.
- Bob Grinsell
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- Calvin Thwing