WOW! You people are amazing!
We can’t believe how quickly we reached our goal of $15,000. Well done and thank you everyone who supported this achievement—whether financially or by sharing it with folks you know!
Chris is in great spirits and recovering bit by bit, day by day. I hear that even today he was outside with his leg up, reading in the sun.
We are so grateful to have reached our readjusted goal and that we are going to knock out his medical debt and get him back to building bicycles as soon as possible.
At this point we aren’t seeking additional financial support but we won’t turn away those who would still like to contribute to Chris’ medical fund. The youcaring.com website will remain live until Saturday, November 23, 2013.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
by Kevin Murphy
We've nearly hit the target goal and it's been truly amazing to watch. It's all happened so fast! Only 30 hours into the fundraiser and we've nailed the highest and loftiest goal I could think of when setting up the site. I'm an optimist but never did I think it would happen so quickly. Knowing Chris, I shouldn't be surprised. As you are all aware he's a truly special individual and deserving of all the care and support we can muster.
It is in this vein that I want to see if we can push the envelope.
Let's make the most of our efforts and aim for another $5,000. I will keep the fundraiser open until we hit $15,000 and cap it at that point. I think we owe it to Chris to do the best we possibly can.
Presently, Chris is at his sister's home in Hillsboro, Oregon and is recovering. He has had several scans, including an MRI, and at this point, an invasive surgery to pin together his tibia is not yet out of the picture. He's in good spirits, but in the best case scenario, he will be off his feet for the next 4-6 weeks and not working during this time. The road to recovery and pedaling a bicycle is still a long ways off and will require some significant physical therapy in the mean time.
So you know, Chris is overwhelmed with the support and love that has poured in over the last few days. He is truly grateful and humbled beyond words. However, I want to make sure that we can ease the financial burden by doing our very best. He needs our support and let's not stop it until we know that we're nearly out of the woods.
Again, thank you for all of your donations.
- See more at: http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/i-heart-igle/101947#sthash.PG3vTJ3D.dpuf
Our friend Chris was struck by a motor vehicle while riding his bicycle in Portland. Several days in the hospital has left him with considerable medical debt and we're looking to help him out!
If you know Chris you know the nicest person in the bicycle industry. Humble and a humanist at heart, Chris didn't want to trouble the person who hit him and let him go without asking for any information.
Chris is more or less okay, but he has a broken leg that will likely require surgery and extensive rehabilitation. He will be forced to rest and stay off his feet for the next 6 or more weeks, which is a challenge for a self-employed bicycle framebuilder. Not working + huge bills = potential disaster.
We're trying to allay that disaster and try our best to cover at leaset part of Chris' daunting medical expenses and make up for the fact he's too nice to ask for help himself. We're planning a fundraiser in Portland with support from the best local brands in the bicycle industry. However, Chris is new to Portland and has hundreds of friends and fans all around the globe.
This site is for the people that can't make it to our event in Portland. Or those that can and would like to do even more.
Please kick in what you can knowing that your support is going to contribute directly to a great human being that makes amazing bicycles to help better people's lives. It's basically instant good karma.
Let's help Chris get back on his feet and more importantly, back on his bicycle.