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Portland area freerider Paul Meeuwsen paralyzed in dirt bike accident
altrugon | June 16, 2008 at 03:27 pmby
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Here is the sad part of one of this "dangerous" sports.
25 year-old Paul Meeuwsen was recently the victim of a tragic motorcycle accident jumping his dirt bike that broke his sternum and crushed the T-4 vertebrae in his spine and left him paralyzed from the chest down. He recently left OHSU and is now undergoing extensive physical and occupational therapy at Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, Oregon in an attempt to rebuild his life and spirit. His injuries are going to be very expensive. Paul can no longer work, he needs a place to live that is wheelchair accessible and a vehicle that is also wheel chair accessible and has hand controls to operate it as he can no longer has use of his feet. Paul is also planning on some very aggressive physical therapy to keep what strength and bone density he has in his legs and to work for as much improvement as is possible.
To help offset all of his expenses Paul's family and friends have set up a fund raising campaign in his honor through the Catastrophic Injury Program of the National Transplant Assistance Fund (NTAF). All donations are tax deductible and are administered by NTAF for injury related expenses only.
If you are able and would like to contribute to this fund, please make checks payable to NTAF Great lakes Spinal Cord Injury Fund. Print in memo section: In honor of Paul Meeuwsen
150 N Radnor Chester Road Suite F-120
Radnor, PA 19087
For your convenience, NTAF is also able to accept credit card contributions by calling them at 1-800-642-8399, or for secure on-line contributions, log onto www.transplantfund.org
Trail Head Cycles in Hillsboro, Oregon will also be selling camo "Pray For Paul" bracelets to help pay for his medical expenses. Please e-mail Bernie Racher for updates on when those bracelets will be available, or call 866-9-DH-BIKE.
On behalf of Paul, his family and friends, we thank you for your generosity, support and prayers.
I wish you the best Paul and really hope you are one of those person that get a miracle.
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