I am reaching out on behalf of two of the most incredible people I, and you know. As many as you have already heard, Zepp and Nikki (aka Team Tittensor) had a serious incident happen over Christmas.
Wonderboy Zepp, who has mastered skills in all aspects of riding on two wheels, was rushed to the ER on Christmas Eve. You would think since he spends more time on 2 wheels than his own 2 feet, he probably had a cycling accident. But what actually happened was a pain he'd been having in his left arm and fingers, that he didn't think was anything, became something very serious.
At the hospital they found out that he had a contusion in his spine and damage to his C4 and C5 vertebrae. He was on the verge of having paralyzed his upper body and possible paraplegic. He got a plate and screws along with some donor bone, and it will be a long, hard recovery.
As cyclists, and racers, and to many of us who are chasing our dreams, we know how it is to be strapped for cash. Nikki and Zepp had their bases covered but unfortunately they switched insurances and their new plan started January 1st. The timing, couldn't have been worse. I asked Nikki about starting up a Go Fund Me, and they, especially Zepp, was completely against it.
Zeppelin is an amazingly strong person, both mentally, and most of us know how strong he is physically. His talent, experience and love for biking has been a motivation and inspiration for me, and for many of you too. Zepp has given out so many cheers, and waterbottle
hand-ups to so many of us at the races. Now it's time to give a little bit back to Zepp. We need him to be recovered fully, as soon as possible so he can get back to coaching his beautiful talented wife again and they can ride and train together and truly be #teamtittensor.
They have set up a payment plan with the hospital, but we all know how expensive medical bills are. If you can help with some extra $$ it would be so very helpful.
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