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“You don’t have to; you get to."
It’s not hyperbole that Russ Granger’s infectiously fun personality has entertained and enriched all of us. Russ and Kim’s zest and zeal for the world have touched the hearts and minds of everyone they’ve met, either through personal interaction or social media. Irrefutably, these two make the world a better place.
At this time I’d like to humbly suggest, there is an opportunity for all of us get together and help them out in an utterly critical time of need.
What happened> On Saturday July 20th there was a major sidecar accident at the WERA race at the Buttonwillow, CA racetrack. The rig apparently did several roll-overs on the track before coming to rest in the infield dirt. The driver suffered some cracked ribs and a broken collarbone. Passenger Russ Granger was not so lucky. Eyewitnesses said Russ was launched into the air, flying some 30-40 feet before landing on his head and back. Russ was air lifted to Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield where he was diagnosed with a broken neck and back, resulting in a T-10 spinal cord injury. Surgery fused 6 vertebras at about waist level. Fortunately, the fractures in his neck required no surgery, only a brace to be worn 24/7 for 12 weeks.
As of July 31st, when this is being written, Russ reports he still can’t feel or move anything below his navel. After 10 days in Kern Medical Center, he was transferred to Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey, where he will spend 2-3 months determining whether he can walk, dance, and race again.
Accidents like this generate many thousands of dollars in uncovered expenses. Both Russ and Kim are self-employed, with many unidentified costs ahead, including access changes to their home and vehicles, along with Russ’ unknown recovery time.
Here’s a chance to make a difference in someone’s life…..someone you know, and someone you love. It will feel good…..“You don’t have to; you get to.”
Donations made to this GoFundMe page will help the pair get back to a regular life in the shortest time possible.