Replacing My Stolen Mountain Bike

  Back in July,  I was gifted a mountain bike.  Little did I know how it would change my life...  It soon became a new obsession, medicine for my severe anxiety disorder, and more recently - it deeply aided in my sobriety.  I would race home from work, change clothes, and head to the trails.   My mind was calm, my overall health was improving,  and I was getting better with each ride.  When the time change took away my chance to ride in the daylight, I acquired lights and rode the trails at night - nothing stopped me from getting my therapy. 

When my bike was stolen, it wasn't "just a bike" - it was my routine, my purpose, my therapy, my peace of mind.  I was even planning on entering a race in the spring of next year.  A huge part of me is now missing. 

Unfortunately, replacing my mountain bike is not within reach for me financially.  I work full time as a recreational therapy assistant at a nursing home, and as much as I love my job, saving money is not an easy feat.  Mountain bikes are not cheap.  My credit is shot from student loans, so financing a bike is out of the question.  I am not looking to spend thousands for a top of the line new bike,  I simply want to replace the kind that I had, so I can get back to the trails. 

As a lot of you know I am also a photographer.   With each donation I will be offering you a choice of either: a print or a photo shoot on 35 mm to be scheduled for after the holidays.

Here are a few examples of my current work that I'm offering:


If you know my work and there's another print that you'd like - let me know!  Or if by some chance you'd rather have one of my cactus drawings/paintings - let me know!

Every little bit helps <3


  • John Heidelmeier 
    • $50 
    • 8 mos
  • Nicholas Adams 
    • $50 
    • 8 mos
  • Jordan Martinelli  
    • $20 
    • 8 mos
  • Bryan McKendry 
    • $50 
    • 8 mos
  • Judy Schmitz 
    • $25 
    • 8 mos
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Lauren McKinley 
Austin, TX
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