Charlie Cunningham Medical/Rehab

$107,034 of $200k goal

Raised by 1,647 people in 17 months
JP
Jacquie Phelan
on behalf of Jacquie Phelan
 FAIRFAX, CA
In early August, 2015, Charlie Cunningham, bicycle builder, inventor and all around amazing person, fell off his bike and sustained several serious injuries.

Charlie suffered broken bones, bruises, and trauma to his head. At the time, he didn't feel his head injury was significant. Unfortunately, six weeks later, the head injury manifested into a subdural hematoma, a life threatening condition that resulted in emergency brain surgery.

Currently, Charlie is in the hospital, recovering. His condition is stable, semi-conscious, but he cannot walk, talk or safely swallow food yet. He is making very slow steps to regain very basic tasks. The road to recovery is going to be long and involve many specialists to help him get back to his former self. Charlie's wife Jacquie Phelan, racer and ladies cycling advocate, is teaching him basic speech, in tandem with his speech/swallow therapists. Their home will need modifications to allow him to live there. It is unknown how long he will be wheelchair bound. Your donations will help to offset the costs of his rehabilitation and the "ramping up" of his home (Offhand Manor). Thank you for your generosity.

A bit about me: I'm a friend of Charlie and Jacquie's, since the 80's. An early Wombat and bicycle painter, just helping out a friend. All funds go to Charlie.  :)
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Update 88
Posted by Jacquie Phelan
5 days ago
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HEAVY rains, with slumping fire roads! Landslides everywhere. Our not-well-maintained infrastructure has big problems (up and down California). We will remember this winter a long time...Charlie bravely followed me down the street, along a narrow thoroughfare that leads to the day care center and into the woods...Three weeks ago he swam in mud: clearly had a great time...wish I could rotate this pic.
And now, he'll ride (when feeling brave--right now it's a walk he's on) short, but still quite terrifying rides.
Yesterday was a gift--we got a visit from the great George Work--a friend from 1983 who moved to Denmark and has raised 2 sons with his wife Elsabet Schmidl, classical viola player in a few orchestras....George was pals with Laurence Malone, and Charlie bequeathed each of them one of his bicycles...Malone for his racing prowess (5 nat championships in cyclocross, and many mtn bike wins) and Work for his advocacy and articulation of the bicycle as a revolutionary eco-tool. Right in line with Charlie's velosophy. We walked, talked and then listed to two fine Bach pieces. Wish I could name them. Charlie of course knew each by heart...
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Update 87
Posted by Jacquie Phelan
13 days ago
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I had a ride, C had a long walk in the sun, we 'went to school' at Brain Injury Network, and are thinking about getting a visual processing app, "Brain HQ". It might help BOTH of us out. As a returning-to-motorist citizen, and being of Age, I realize I hve to really keep on top of things like reflexes and visual processing. I'd really never heard the term before Charlie's accident & rehab.
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Update 86
Posted by Jacquie Phelan
16 days ago
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Happy "Phelantine's Day" to our friends....much to love these days. Liz Chapman has put up her historic Bontrager cross bike on eBay, to support Charlie's rehab and my respite... see here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/-/272550784188.
In other news, our new friend --Mark Kirkland, who directs and draws the Simpsons for the last 27 yrs,--will have a fresh one out this Sunday, watch for it: "Fatzcarraldo".
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Update 85
Posted by Jacquie Phelan
19 days ago
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Currently in love with this book:
http://neglectedbooks.com/?p=1995
I wrote a fan-card to the author of Outside Lies Magic, and have carried on a pleasant 20 yr corresp. with him. He's a great converser, and I would love to sit in on his course at Harvard some time...but you, faithful reader/rider, can enjoy him too.
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Matthew McKibben
17 months ago

As a home builder, what can I build for you? Ramps? Let's do a build party day and get it sorted out before he's out of the ER.

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Grant Petersen
17 months ago

Charlie is one of half-a-handful of modern bicycle geniuses and personal heroes of mine (and I am basically "anti-hero"). Everything I know about him, I love. Everything he's ever designed or made or innovated on his own personal bike, I admire and wished I was that smart. I'm so sorry to hear of this accident. Of course we all want him back on his superlight plastic saddle, held by the seat post that also holds a pump. Go, Charlie.

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Lennard Zinn
16 months ago

This is a tragedy and a wake-up call about head injuries and getting them checked out and monitored for a long time afterward. I was just thinking about Charlie last week; I was riding on Mt. Tam since 1981 at Thanksgiving when I rode it with Charlie and a number of other friends. He is creative genius, and a great human being to boot; I hope he gets his full faculties back soon. Get better soon, Charlie, and hang in there, Jacquie!

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Paula Mara
17 months ago
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Thank you Caroline, I am very grateful to you for making it possible to help our resourceful and generous friend THE Charlie Cunningham. Best wishes to all...XOXO

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Alan Steinbach
15 months ago
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OMG! I am kinda the Cunningham FP, having provided care for Bruce, Charlie's fighter pilot and custom home builder dad, and his tiny book and social antiquarian mom Carol. As a late comer to the world of off road biking, and having been privileged to visit Charlie's shop, I just wanted to confirm the need for this kind of funding effort. For all the closed head injuries that our lifestyle generates, we have a very unsupportive neuro-rehab environment here in the US and A. Maybe the rising tide of reality about football injuries will help, but not in time for Charlie. Any contribution you can make will really make a difference in his recovery.

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Ben Schultz
9 months ago
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Jacquie, while I absolutely love his thoughts on greeting age, something many of us are currently doing, my favorite thing is when he talks about the "milky silver finish". This finish is what I always thought was SO beautiful about Campy (you should excuse the expression!) equipment. As far as your personal struggle with responsibility, most of us have been there...we travel a path that is comfortable for us, where we can make the most of our abilities, and then when the situation changes, radically in your case, the flexibility we all develop allows us to change directions. You can do it. You have your friends in your area, and hundreds outside of that. We are all breaking as much wind for you both as is possible. Actually, that's maybe not the best choice of words...

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Lisa Sebastian
12 months ago
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I have had friends use this site to coordinate care/meals, etc: http://lotsahelpinghands.com. Wishing continual recovery for Charlie and some sleep for Jacquie. ♥

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Mary James
13 months ago
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Hi Jacquie, I love reading about Charlie's progress. Each small step being made gets him that much closer his goal! Keep the faith : )

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Victor R. Hanson
16 months ago
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Grant Cellini unicantor - just like Cinelli Bars in the early eighties because they had greater wall thickness to bend the bars. Here is to a speedy recovery Charlie - we want to see you on trails soon!

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Pete Simpson
16 months ago
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Great news Caroline! Thank you for the updates. Get well Charlie!!

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Rob Wickens
17 months ago
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Great info https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Cunningham I had seen his bike at the hall of fame in Fairfax. Speedy recovery Charlie!

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Mariann Jelinek
7 months ago
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Yep. And "death-grip somersault " can be a lovely metaphor for how stuck we get in our own heads and fears, sometimes. Make that time to meditate, soak in a tub, walk in the woods, breathe, even write for 15 minutes or an hour: you've got to take care of YOU to be able to carry on. Peace and strength, Jacquie.

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Richard Dahlgren
8 months ago
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Don't look back, Jacquie! Look forward - there are still a lot of good things, and will be more to come! Think about the progress Charlie has made to date.

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Bevin Barber-Campbell
10 months ago
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Ah, that photo brings back great old memories. Mountain biking would be so much less without the contributions from both of you!

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Ben Schultz
10 months ago
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From the Rock-Shox shoot! Fantastic style and attitude!

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Maryann Pearson
10 months ago
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Jacquie this post makes me smile. Seems your spirits are lifting! Walking Bon Tempe and thinking of mud baths - all good. Wishing you and Charlie more lake walks and soft landings.

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George McLaird
11 months ago
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Thanks for this update. I'm no expert but I have heard wonderful things about crawling to help the brain to function better. But I've also heard it doesn't help. So, give it a try and see for yourself. My a 1000 unexpected blessings come your way

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Lisa Sebastian
12 months ago
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The link I posted earlier about MCIL was a typo when it was originally posted. The person meant Marin Center for Inpendent Living, not Memphis. I thought that was confusing! Here is the correct link: http://www.marincil.org/

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Lisa Sebastian
12 months ago
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I shared the link to Deer Park's Nextdoor.com community to let people know what's going on in case they want to contribute/help. Some suggestions came back that you may already have heard of: Marin Villages: http://www.marinvillages.org/content.aspx?page_id=0&club_id=134956 Brain Injury Network: http://www.binba.org Memphis Center for Independent Living (not sure what their national outreach is, but they were recommended): https://sites.google.com/site/mcilaction/

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Ben Schultz
12 months ago
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Jacquie, Caregivers get the short end of the stick, no matter how much they are committed. The airlines have it right: put your own mask on first. It sounds like you have a great group of friends there, and I hope thay can give you the help you need. Keep up the good work.

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$107,034 of $200k goal

Raised by 1,647 people in 17 months
Created October 5, 2015
JP
Jacquie Phelan  
on behalf of Jacquie Phelan
EG
$20
Ellen Garvey
1 day ago

Keep healing!

ML
$30
Mario Lamorte
2 days ago

Wishing you well!

AG
$20
Anthony Guelfo
3 days ago
RG
$100
Robert Gregorio
3 days ago
$40
Heather Janssen
3 days ago
MM
$55
Marianne Moore
13 days ago
DL
$200
Donna LaLonde
16 days ago

Best wishes!

$25
Paul Ahart
19 days ago

Sorry for the flooding. Either it's too dry or everyone is swimming down the street. Best of luck for Charlie and you.

HR
$25
Howard Ramsay
26 days ago

Happy Valentine's Day to Charlie and Jacquie ♥

TR
$20
Tom Rehulka
26 days ago
Matthew McKibben
17 months ago

As a home builder, what can I build for you? Ramps? Let's do a build party day and get it sorted out before he's out of the ER.

+ Read More
Grant Petersen
17 months ago

Charlie is one of half-a-handful of modern bicycle geniuses and personal heroes of mine (and I am basically "anti-hero"). Everything I know about him, I love. Everything he's ever designed or made or innovated on his own personal bike, I admire and wished I was that smart. I'm so sorry to hear of this accident. Of course we all want him back on his superlight plastic saddle, held by the seat post that also holds a pump. Go, Charlie.

+ Read More
Lennard Zinn
16 months ago

This is a tragedy and a wake-up call about head injuries and getting them checked out and monitored for a long time afterward. I was just thinking about Charlie last week; I was riding on Mt. Tam since 1981 at Thanksgiving when I rode it with Charlie and a number of other friends. He is creative genius, and a great human being to boot; I hope he gets his full faculties back soon. Get better soon, Charlie, and hang in there, Jacquie!

+ Read More
Paula Mara
17 months ago
6
6

Thank you Caroline, I am very grateful to you for making it possible to help our resourceful and generous friend THE Charlie Cunningham. Best wishes to all...XOXO

+ Read More
Alan Steinbach
15 months ago
3
3

OMG! I am kinda the Cunningham FP, having provided care for Bruce, Charlie's fighter pilot and custom home builder dad, and his tiny book and social antiquarian mom Carol. As a late comer to the world of off road biking, and having been privileged to visit Charlie's shop, I just wanted to confirm the need for this kind of funding effort. For all the closed head injuries that our lifestyle generates, we have a very unsupportive neuro-rehab environment here in the US and A. Maybe the rising tide of reality about football injuries will help, but not in time for Charlie. Any contribution you can make will really make a difference in his recovery.

+ Read More
Ben Schultz
9 months ago
2
2

Jacquie, while I absolutely love his thoughts on greeting age, something many of us are currently doing, my favorite thing is when he talks about the "milky silver finish". This finish is what I always thought was SO beautiful about Campy (you should excuse the expression!) equipment. As far as your personal struggle with responsibility, most of us have been there...we travel a path that is comfortable for us, where we can make the most of our abilities, and then when the situation changes, radically in your case, the flexibility we all develop allows us to change directions. You can do it. You have your friends in your area, and hundreds outside of that. We are all breaking as much wind for you both as is possible. Actually, that's maybe not the best choice of words...

+ Read More
Lisa Sebastian
12 months ago
2
2

I have had friends use this site to coordinate care/meals, etc: http://lotsahelpinghands.com. Wishing continual recovery for Charlie and some sleep for Jacquie. ♥

+ Read More
Mary James
13 months ago
2
2

Hi Jacquie, I love reading about Charlie's progress. Each small step being made gets him that much closer his goal! Keep the faith : )

+ Read More
Victor R. Hanson
16 months ago
2
2

Grant Cellini unicantor - just like Cinelli Bars in the early eighties because they had greater wall thickness to bend the bars. Here is to a speedy recovery Charlie - we want to see you on trails soon!

+ Read More
Pete Simpson
16 months ago
2
2

Great news Caroline! Thank you for the updates. Get well Charlie!!

+ Read More
Rob Wickens
17 months ago
2
2

Great info https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Cunningham I had seen his bike at the hall of fame in Fairfax. Speedy recovery Charlie!

+ Read More
Mariann Jelinek
7 months ago
1
1

Yep. And "death-grip somersault " can be a lovely metaphor for how stuck we get in our own heads and fears, sometimes. Make that time to meditate, soak in a tub, walk in the woods, breathe, even write for 15 minutes or an hour: you've got to take care of YOU to be able to carry on. Peace and strength, Jacquie.

+ Read More
Richard Dahlgren
8 months ago
1
1

Don't look back, Jacquie! Look forward - there are still a lot of good things, and will be more to come! Think about the progress Charlie has made to date.

+ Read More
Bevin Barber-Campbell
10 months ago
1
1

Ah, that photo brings back great old memories. Mountain biking would be so much less without the contributions from both of you!

+ Read More
Ben Schultz
10 months ago
1
1

From the Rock-Shox shoot! Fantastic style and attitude!

+ Read More
Maryann Pearson
10 months ago
1
1

Jacquie this post makes me smile. Seems your spirits are lifting! Walking Bon Tempe and thinking of mud baths - all good. Wishing you and Charlie more lake walks and soft landings.

+ Read More
George McLaird
11 months ago
1
1

Thanks for this update. I'm no expert but I have heard wonderful things about crawling to help the brain to function better. But I've also heard it doesn't help. So, give it a try and see for yourself. My a 1000 unexpected blessings come your way

+ Read More
Lisa Sebastian
12 months ago
1
1

The link I posted earlier about MCIL was a typo when it was originally posted. The person meant Marin Center for Inpendent Living, not Memphis. I thought that was confusing! Here is the correct link: http://www.marincil.org/

+ Read More
Lisa Sebastian
12 months ago
1
1

I shared the link to Deer Park's Nextdoor.com community to let people know what's going on in case they want to contribute/help. Some suggestions came back that you may already have heard of: Marin Villages: http://www.marinvillages.org/content.aspx?page_id=0&club_id=134956 Brain Injury Network: http://www.binba.org Memphis Center for Independent Living (not sure what their national outreach is, but they were recommended): https://sites.google.com/site/mcilaction/

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Ben Schultz
12 months ago
1
1

Jacquie, Caregivers get the short end of the stick, no matter how much they are committed. The airlines have it right: put your own mask on first. It sounds like you have a great group of friends there, and I hope thay can give you the help you need. Keep up the good work.

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