Dear friends and family, my many amazing communities, and to every incredible person out there that, although you didnt know me (until now), took the time to read my story and share you support, love, and unconditonal encourangement. this post has been a couple days coming.. it's been a couple pretty rough ones here so Im truly sorry I havnt been able to update until now, but have seen and read about all of your incredible support and am so deeply touched.. its incredible what this kind of love and PURE HOPE can translate these extra hard and days into now...
A MILLION THANKS to my friends, family, community, Social Cycling Austin, the and the REDDIT COMMUNITY for all of your support, encouragement, compassion, inspiration, and kindness over these last few days!!! Because of YOUR OVERWHELMING SUPPORT we were able to raise the funds I need to have the surgery that will repair my spine and put me on that sweet road to recovery.. so I can return to the living, and GET BACK ON MY BIKE! And because of YOU GUYS helping to share my story and benefit page( www.youcaring.com/nik ), we were able to do this in just THREE DAYS! I am in complete and beautiful shock! I wish I could express the overwhelming love and gratitude I feel for each and every one of you. I sincerely cannot thank you enough. It has been a long hard six months to say the least, and it is hard to express how truly sacred, incredible, joyful, inspirational, and the most amazing relief it is to feel this kind of HOPE again, to finally have and be able to see a big bright light at the end of this (at times very daunting) tunnel.
Info: My surgery will take place on June 17th, after which if all goes smoothly, I will have about 4 to 6 week healing time until I am cleared to begin some pretty intensive physical therapy to get me the rest of the way there. As with the surgery, in order to receive the follow up appointments, physical therapy, and other medical care/therapy equipment/etc I may need, I will be stuck coming up with up-front out-of-pocket pay for my care. As you can imagine, I need all of the support I can get as I continue my recovery. Please continue to help me to share my story, so that it can reach all those weird dark corners of the interweb and I can gain the additional support Ill need!!
I sincerely wish it was possible to personally thank each and ever one one of you, and to somehow put into words how I feel right about now. Please take to heart, that because of YOU this surgery is possible. You are giving me the gift of my LIFE back. Thank you and thank you again from the very bottom of my heart, I can hardly wait get back on this bike, and hopefully see some of you out there on the road. Ride safe out there. ♥ Nik
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An extra special thanks to my amazing fellow redditors that started and supported this thread!: http://www.reddit.com/r/Austin/comments/1eq71p/hipster_fixedgear_cyclist_hits_other_cyclist/
And all of my love to the SCA community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/socialcyclingaustin Social Cycling Austin
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I love you all, and I couldnt get through this without you. Please help me share and celebrate my thanks and this incredible news: http://www.reddit.com/r/Austin/comments/1ew7bc/a_huge_thank_you_to_everyone_who_donated_to_my/
Thank you to everyone for your incredible support through all of this. My heart truly skipped a beat when I logged on to see the absolutely amazing response I've recieved in the short time since this page was posted. I am so touched and so beautifully stunned by the all of the love kindness and support Ive been receiving from all of my friends and family, and even so many kind and generous people that, I have not met and didnt even know me until they, took the time to read my story today. And thank you to my amazing and talented sister, Jessika Lupan, for bringing together such a beautiful benefit page. It is impossible for me to put into words how truly blessed I feel right now. I have so much love and gratitude for you all, I couldn't do this without you. - Nik