Cut down in her prime, Lindsey Runkel, a 23 year-old mountain biker from coastal Fairfield County CT, sustained critical damage to her spinal cord following a fall from her bike on Sunday, October 5. Her injuries include a fracture at the T-5 and T-6 vertebrae, a collapsed lung, and a few broken ribs, and at the moment, she has no feeling from the belly button down.
While her close friends and family rally by her side, help is still needed to ensure the most complete recovery possible. Any assistance you can give will go towards modifying her family's home to accommodate wheelchair access, as well as help pay for her medical bills and 6-week program at a rehabilitation center outside of Boston, MA. Detailed home modification plans and updates coming soon, so stay tuned!
Accidents and misfortune happen, but that doesn't mean Lindsey or her family should have to face this challenge alone. As a community, we share both good times and bad with those around us, and it is our hope you'll do what you can to help Lindsey through these dark times.
It probably goes without saying, but let me add this so there's no confusion...when you submit a pledge here, you're technically donating to me, Mike Ahearn, but you have my word - all funds will ultimately going to Lindsey and her family, not some bald, flannel-clad, bike nerd. Just wanted to clear that up!