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    Rider Down Fundraiser

    Edit by emptybeer: I called the bar and grill mentioned below (number matched Yahoo yellow pages) and spoke with Heather, one of the managers. This appears to be a legitimate fund raiser. I'm not sure about the email address as it shows up as unverified on PayPal (not that being verified would prove much).

    In any event, here is an opportunity to help out a fellow cyclist. If you ride long enough, you will come across someone on the side of the trail with a flat and no spare tube. You don't hesitate to give them a tube and even occasionally chew the fat - especially if they are a petite, spandex wearing blonde...but I digress. Shane obviously needs a bit more than a tube. By obvious fact, several of us own bikes that cost more than many people spend on a car so I think we can put off that next upgrade and help out Shane.

    Quote Originally Posted by FunkMaster
    Last month my best friend Shane Diffendarfer (Silver Santa Cruz Bullit) had a bad accident at Keystone. We were riding the new trail at Keystone, it was Shane’s first time down the final section and he ended up in the ditch between a double he wasn’t expecting. Shane wasn’t going that fast and can only explain the crash as a freak accident.

    Shane took a ride via flight for life to St. Anthony’s hospital in Denver. There he was told he broke his C4, C5, and C6 vertebrae in his neck, and suffered an “incomplete spinal cord injury” at one point Shane was told he would be a quadriplegic.

    Shane’s neck was fused from the front and the back at St. Anthony’s, after several weeks in ICU Shane has been transferred to the famousCraig Hospital in Denver (Room #303 Bed A). Since Shane has been at Craig his rehab has been amazing. Shane already has significant movement in his arms and small movement in a finger and thumb. Shane also has slight movement of his legs and feeling in his entire body. All of the recent doctors have been very encouraging. Shane hopes to be home by Christmas, and be able to “walk” down the isle this summer.

    Shane is one of the most positive people you will ever meet. He has been in good spirits and his attitude has been amazing. From the trail crew at Keystone to the nurses at Craig Shane has had the best treatment imaginable. His fiancÚ, friends, and family have been an excellent support group.

    We are throwing a Benefit for Shane this Friday at his local bar in Ft. Collins.

    Where: Sliders Sports Bar & Grill
    1006 Spring Creek Lane
    Fort Collins, CO 80526
    970 493 8408

    When: Friday September 29th 5:30 till whenever

    What: There will be a $5 cover for entertainment. Bands will include “Big Hollow Band” and “Saints and liars”. There will also be a DJ and acoustic rock from local musicianChris Koltak. The folks at the “slide” will be serving up all the BBQ and beer you can handle for $25. Raffle tickets will be available for $5, prizes range from gift certificates to a snowboard. There will be a silent auction at midnight (items include a bicycle, and condo time at ski resorts). All proceeds will go towards Shane’s bills, he has no insurance.

    If you are unable to attend but still want to contribute, PayPal payments can be sent to:
    Benefit4Shane@yahoo.com
    Last edited by emptybeer; 09-26-2006 at 10:38 PM.

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    Uh yeah this IS a legitimate fund raiser, thanks for the detective work though

    The paypal account is unverified because Shane did not have a paypal account before the accident; the name on the account Christina Ewing is Shane's fiancÚ.

    Anyway every little bit helps.
    Thanks!

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    How'd the fundraiser go?
    "It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings."

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    The Benefit went really well! At one point the bar was at capacity and we had a long line to get in. The star of the silent auction was a "cruiser" bike donated by New Belgium that went for $750. So many people and businesses came together to make this a success.

    Thanks to everyone that helped out!

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    Good to hear!
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