Please know that due to my life's current circumstances, I am forced to ask for help on top of all the wonderful help I have already received. You'll probably see this same thing all over the internet with me asking for some help, but just know that I am literally forced into it and have to put my family first and killing any pride that wells up.
The following is a request for assistance on medical bills stemming from my crash at Louisville. Again- a huge teary eyed thank you goes out for any help already given or subsequently given after considering this......
Let me first say thank you for even considering helping me out in this very difficult time. Injuries by themselves are hard enough, but add the expenses of today’s medical costs and it’s a wonder anybody does any sport, let alone BMX racing.
My reasoning for not having health insurance was not a protest or flippant way to approach life, but it was a choice I had to make for a short time to help stabilize my family at the moment. My wife (who had us all on a wonderful policy when she worked at an area hospital) was the victim of some cutbacks in the medical field and was let go earlier this year. The problem was (and still is) she discovered problems with her heart and is undergoing testing to warrant heart surgery or not. We had to keep her on COBRA to prepare for anything that arose from the findings (still being tested) and the only way our budget ( now down to just one salary) could handle it was to go without health insurance for me. I am in great shape and we have medical policies in place here at our skatepark/BMX facility and the racing sanctions have supplemental insurance for accidents at their events, so we went with that direction, hoping it would meet our needs.
Needless to say, we never imagined a wreck at a race could get as bad as it has for me on this one. I broke my upper arm bone in two spots….one very close to the ball joint and it is needing extensive and imminent surgery(s) to ever have normal use of my arm again. Hospital stays, MRI’s, CT’s, X-rays all add up so quick and so much that we are already over 25,000.00 as of now and more is to come.
The NBL’s insurance will only cover a small fraction of the total, so I am forced to ask you for any and all help you can give in my need.
The good news is this…..
Since I run Emerald Coast Dirt & Vert, I can make this a win/win situation for you or your business. We have sponsorship packets I sent along or can send you outlining ‘tax deductible’ advertising and free park use for you on a number of levels. This way, it’s not just a handout by definition, rather an advertising opportunity or sponsorship gift you can write off your taxes and not just throwing money down a hole that you never see the benefits of your help. You can see the park at www.ecdandv.com to see what I do here in the panhandle of Florida.
I emplore you to help in any way you can and promise that the benefits you will receive will not only make you feel good to help a brother in need, but with contracts of sponsorship and logos advertised along with free use of the facility, you will be able to see and measure your contribution to me and ECDV. Please contact me and I can provide the different plans we offer for businesses and individuals like yourselves who want to support/sponsor our kind of lifestyle at a plce like ECDV. We have plans for individuals ranging from 25.00 to 500.00 and for businesses from 150.00 all the way up to 3,000.00 in different levels of park support/sponsorship.
You never know.................you might find yourself in a spot like this somewhere down the road.
Please consider helping me.