There’s a biker out there that could use your help, as you start to think about this year’s riding season and planning the runs you want to attend.
Many of you know or have heard of an accident during December 3rd’s toy run to Children’s Hospital in Aurora, CO. One rider started the day in a festive mood with intentions of brightening kids’ hospital stays. Instead, an accident, an ambulance ride, coma, major surgery, and weeks inside Swedish Medical Center’s Neurotrauma Unit, with a lifetime of struggles ahead.
Jeffrey Smith is that rider and you might know him. Born and raised in the Denver area, Jeff owns Amazing Jewelry. He travels to bike shows and events selling sterling silver and 14K gold from various artists and manufacturers.
Jeff was initially in a coma with little chance of survival. Now he is sitting up, able to read and write, joking with friends and starting to stand on his own. But, he is constantly watched.
Long hours of therapy are in his future. And, if you could get a Hog to the 4th floor he’d be on it. Hey, today’s therapy!
He is a single parent of a wonderful 8-year-old son, named Max, and being self-employed with no medical insurance is very tough. Hospital bills are worries for the future. Jeff has a good family to take care of Max, but soon it will be time for him to be placed in outside care. He’s without an insurance company to fight for him. It’s feared that proper rehab, both mental and physical, will elude him.
First and foremost, keep Jeff and his family in your thoughts and prayers. But as a Biker Brotherhood, let’s make sure this guy isn’t buried in the bureaucratic B.S. while just trying to help some kids.
Any advice on how to get Jeff into a proper rehab? Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. All the thanks go out to family and friends and to the staff at Swedish for taking good care of Jeff. Also, please no visitors.
Donations can be made to 1st Bank account in the name of Max Smith Benefit Fund: http://www.genesiscreditsolutions.net/MaxSmithBenefit.html
There has also been a benefit event scheduled for February 10, 2008 at the Spillway Grill, 13740 E. Quincy Ave. in Aurora. Come enjoy live music, good food and cold beer, and help raise some money for a good guy who’s down on his luck. There will be a live auction consisting of donated items to help raise additional funds. For more information on how to help by donating items for the auction you can call Ed at 720-334-2994 or John at 720-280-3397. You can also contact the Spillway Grill at 303-693-0755.