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    Charlie Cunningham Medical Fund

    Friends,

    I hope this is ok to post here. Charlie Cunningham is one of the founders of the modern mountain bike - a founder of Wilderness Trail bikes, a tinkerer, a mechanical genius, a super nice guy and great cyclist.

    He needs our help.

    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. Unfortunately, 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. The road to complete recovery is going to be long and involve many specialists to help him get back to his former self. Your donations will help to offset the costs of his rehabilitation and the retrofitting of his home. Thank you for your generosity.

    https://www.gofundme.com/w85tn3dg
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    Will do.

    Since the exact same information about his medical issues is on his gofundme page then it's fine, I'll sticky it until the goal is met. 100k. ouch.

    Hey, bushpig or Halaburt, if you guys hear anything different, let us know and we can edit out the medical info here and you'll have to contact Ms. James to edit the gofundme page.

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    Thanks for posting. Done
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    $16,123 of $100k
    Raised by 213 people in 1 day

    Impressive! Keep at it, folks. We are lucky to be part of such an amazing global cycling community.

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    $16,123 of $100k
    Raised by 213 people in 1 day

    Impressive! Keep at it, folks. We are lucky to be part of such an amazing global cycling community.
    248 People and over $20,000 in a little over 24 hours.

    I'd ask that everyone who see this shares it on their facebook and twitter accounts.
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    Great news. Thanks so much for starting all the threads.

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    Great stuff. Hope he gets well soon and the best treatment possible.

    But i got to ask...

    What on earth is wrong with your health insurance system, that someone who worked his entire life can't get a proper medical treatment? Shouldn't the country have set different priorities for a long time now?

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    For the OT forum. This is Pandora's box and shouldn't be opened here.
    Quote Originally Posted by mauricer View Post
    Great stuff. Hope he gets well soon and the best treatment possible.

    But i got to ask...

    What on earth is wrong with your health insurance system, that someone who worked his entire life can't get a proper medical treatment? Shouldn't the country have set different priorities for a long time now?
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    You are right.

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    Sadly I am.

    To your health..... \m/
    Quote Originally Posted by mauricer View Post
    You are right.
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    I hope that the present day WTB is going to kick in some cash, they wouldn't have any brand equity to spend marketing their "modern" stuff without all of CC's vision and passion. I get that the branding was sold, but still ....
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    Contributed.

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    According to Joe Breeze, Charlie was wearing a helmet.

    Charlie told me he was pleased that he managed to crash in such a way as not to damage his new road bike. This was before he was experiencing life-threatening head trauma.
    Last edited by DoubleCentury; 10-07-2015 at 03:38 PM. Reason: TMI

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    $29,230 of $100k
    Raised by 381 people in 2 days

    Grant Petersen and RBW donated and Grant wrote a few words:

    Quote Originally Posted by Grant Petersen
    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.
    Grant, and his bicycles, is who brought me to mtbr when I first got so stoked on vintage mountain bikes and sought help to build one up here. We can't all make an impact on the sport we love but we can help those that have.

    A lot of familiar names in the donation lists. Charlie is obviously well loved and his genius and kindness is recognized by all whom have met him.

    Let's keep the ball rolling: https://www.gofundme.com/w85tn3dg

    there's a parallel thread in the norcal forum and I will keep a close eye on it and will cross post any new developments that comes in to see what more we can do. As a reminder, please be respectful of what you post in these threads as he deserves privacy while he battles back from his injuries.

    Thanks everybody for their generosity.

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    Bicycling Magazine posted a story with an interview from Jacquie on what happened to Charlie and what is going on now: This Injured Mountain Bike Hall of Famer Needs Your Help | Bicycling
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    Quote Originally Posted by mauricer View Post
    Great stuff. Hope he gets well soon and the best treatment possible.

    But i got to ask...

    What on earth is wrong with your health insurance system, that someone who worked his entire life can't get a proper medical treatment? Shouldn't the country have set different priorities for a long time now?
    Charlie was treated at Kaiser Hospital, which means he has Kaiser health coverage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bokchoicowboy View Post
    Bicycling Magazine posted a story with an interview from Jacquie on what happened to Charlie and what is going on now: This Injured Mountain Bike Hall of Famer Needs Your Help | Bicycling
    I visited Charlie in the Marin General ICU last week. Jacquie was there when I arrived because she spends every waking minute there, and Steve Potts showed up a few minutes later. Steve and I didn't stay long, because we did not want to exhaust Charlie. I know that Joe Breeze has visited also. Charlie has since been moved from Marin General ICU to a Kaiser facility.

    My wife and I have invited Jacquie for dinner this weekend, but the standing invitation has been changed several times already due to events surrounding Charlie's treatment.

    Charlie will need home care. My wife Mary is a Registered Nurse who works for a home nursing agency, and who thinks the world of Charlie. No one is better qualified to advise Jacquie about what to do when Charlie comes home than Mary is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
    My wife Mary is a Registered Nurse who works for a home nursing agency, and who thinks the world of Charlie. .
    It's nice to hear they will have that support.

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    Can anyone here vouch for the person who will be receiving the donation money, Caroline James?

    I hate to be suspicious but would feel better knowing that the money is actually going to go to Jacquie and Charlie.

    I figure she is hopefully a family friend or something like that - maybe someone here knows them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by robinmiller View Post
    Can anyone here vouch for the person who will be receiving the donation money, Caroline James?

    I hate to be suspicious but would feel better knowing that the money is actually going to go to Jacquie and Charlie.

    I figure she is hopefully a family friend or something like that - maybe someone here knows them?
    Yes. She is a personal friend of Charlie and Jacquie and known by many here on mtbr. She is a member of mtbr and has corresponded with several people known by the group.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iheartbicycles View Post
    Yes. She is a personal friend of Charlie and Jacquie and known by many here on mtbr. She is a member of mtbr and has corresponded with several people known by the group.
    Ah, thanks for the quick response.

    Donation sent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robinmiller View Post
    I hate to be suspicious but would feel better knowing that the money is actually going to go to Jacquie and Charlie.
    On the GoFundMe page, in the "Updates" section... select the "Show More" option. Jacquie weighed in with her support/endorsement of the effort in Update #2.

    https://www.gofundme.com/w85tn3dg

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    Thanks - didn't see that. I also just noticed that cunninghambikes.com has a link to the same page: Cunningham Bicycles

    Initially I read the news on Reddit and followed the link to the GoFundMe site - in the past, evil people have set up fake donation pages in response to tragedies like this and stolen large amounts of money via Reddit and other social media sites, so I just wanted to make sure this was real first.

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    Charlie Cunningham Medical Fund

    Quote Originally Posted by robinmiller View Post
    Thanks - didn't see that. I also just noticed that cunninghambikes.com has a link to the same page: Cunningham Bicycles

    Initially I read the news on Reddit and followed the link to the GoFundMe site - in the past, evil people have set up fake donation pages in response to tragedies like this and stolen large amounts of money via Reddit and other social media sites, so I just wanted to make sure this was real first.
    That's a solid question and completely fair. I hate scammers. There are more updates on the gofundme page as well. Is it only cj updating except for that one post by jp? Be nice to confirm who the author is.

    Thanks for all the questions, updates, and donations everybody!

    Ps. Autocorrect for gofundme is tofu even.

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    Thanks for posting this and keeping us updated.

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