Tara Llanes injured at Jeep KOM Finale
(from J. Dylan Dean)
As many of you may already know, Tara Llanes crashed racing at the Jeep King of the Mountain finale in Beaver Creek (Vail area), Colorado. Tara was airlifted to Denver Health Hospital where she underwent 7 hours of surgery to correct massive trauma in her lower back. In addition, Tara also has a C-7 fracture, but was deemed stable prior going into surgery.
Tara once again made it through another surgery and is now breathing on her own and able to communicate with friends and family. Unfortunately at this time she has no feeling below her waist, a symptom she suffered as a result of her crash.
Taraís immediate family & friends that are at her side will continue to learn more about her injuries in the upcoming weeks and will continue to keep everyone posted. Since coming out of surgery, Tara, drugged and very happy, has kept in good spirit and has promised not to let this beat her.
Tara's room is so full of gifts and flowers that there is barely enough room for the nurses and doctors. At this time, they ask you save your money for the "Road To Recovery Fund." They are currently setting up a website that will allow for you to send your contributions directly to Tara to cover all medical expenses. Although she is covered under insurance, there will be additional expenses. They are looking into the top rehab facilities to get Tara up and walking again. All donations will go directly toward her rehab such as personal care, various equipment, housing modifications, etc. They were told that their #1 choice of rehab facilities may run up to $2000+ per day!
For all you Southern CA friends, Missy will be organizing an event to raise funds that will cover non-medical expenses such as travel and day to day items for Team Llanes. There will also be opportunities to take photos and write messages to Tara that will be sent over all together. More details to come so stay posted!
Her family & friends ask that you have as much faith as Tara does throughout this difficult period. Please feel free leave a message on Taraís MySpace page www.myspace.com/mtbtara (you donít need an account to view her site & photos, but you will need one if you want to post a message. Otherwise you can shoot her an email. If you donít have it, feel free to drop me a line.
For those that have already left messages, Tara LOVES getting all your messages. Please keep sending them. Her eyes light up when she hears a success story similar to hers so if you have any, please let her know. Her spirits are still so high and her determination is remarkable.
Please keep Tara in your thoughts & prayers.
source: J. Dylan Dean
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Could you please sticky this in the DH/FR forum.
Get better Tara.
Next year you can get a much better seat on our bus.
Size does matter!
Last edited by downhill mike; 04-03-2008 at 11:01 AM.
Good lucky girl, we are pulling for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I can Relate to your pain! I am a endurance racer. I was hit by a car traveling 65 mph Sept. 14 2006 during a training ride. This past weekend I rode my first endurence race and placed 5th over all on a single speed. I was told that I would never ride at a high level or maybe even never again, much less a singlespeed. I ride with three rods and sixteen pins and four plates in my left leg. I was missing 8 inchs of my femur and 2 inchs of tibia/fibula and had 12 tears in my femoral artery when I arrived at the hospital. I worked hard and did much of my own rehab because I wanted to race and ride again. I worked hard with a trainer this spring to get to here. I Know the pain that you feel, but realize that it will get better. I have faith that you will recaover. Remember anything can be done. Nothing is impossible.
Get well Soon:
get well soon
You're awesome Tara. Thinking of you during your recovery. Tomorrow's a new day! . . You're an inspiration to all us dh/xc girls in Cali.
I eat paste....
our prayers are with you..keep fightin'!
Hi Tara !
It's hard to see you in those conditions but as a toughy as you are, I think you'll be up and going soon. Therefore I wish you all the best from "old germany". I watch you and your career (as much as it has been possible) since the days of the late 90-ies !
For your fun just click at our homepage www.frosthelm.de the text is in german but the videos tell their own stories. We did a video diary for out trip to the Meagavalanche - the worlds longest downhill-race in france with 1.200 bikers going down that glacier ! Have a look and hopefully have fun !!! All the best to you and keep your head and spirits high!!!
Just received this follow-up news:
Friends, this is the most up to date news on Tara. Please keep your thoughts and prayers coming. Information on where to leave a MySpace message for Tara or make a contribution to her Road to Recovery Fund is provided in the body of the story. Over the next day or so, I will be providing an update with a logo/link to the Road to Recovery Fund website. For those of you that have websites, we'd greatly appreciate you placing the logo on your site with a hyperlink to www.tarallanesroadtorecovery.com. Please forward this message on to your friends and contacts in the cycling community who might be inclined to help.
Thank you all again for your ongoing support.
James Herrera, MS
Coaching for Sport, Health, & Executive Fitness
Go girl, hope you will get well very soon.You'll be in my prayers...
A mountain, a lake, a trail, all waiting there...
hi, Tara we met a couple times. my name is russell and i own durango cyclery. i want to tell you that the durango crew is thinking about you and we hope to orginize some cool event to send help your way. get stong soon so we can shread some sick trails. we love you up here!
Any updates in her condition?
Is she doing better?? I hope in my heart she does!
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There are daily updates on her myspace http://www.myspace.com/mtbtara
Originally Posted by Warp