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Old 10-22-2007, 04:05 AM   #181
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Originally Posted by matteeanne
Yes, please. Were all connected and most of us have "paypal" Weve been known to lend a hand to our brthren in need. We have many riders in your area and can lend support from financial to physical labor, pick ups, drop offs, not too long ago we built a wheelchair (God forbid) ramp, deck etc for one of our own who wrecked.
If you need anything at all, please ask us, many of us will do what we can. This is not just some "internet blog", many many many of us are real freinds ready to help.
Lots of love to you and Josh.
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Sean is 100% correct. I'm about 100 miles from Charlotte - if anything at all is needed back in NC please let me know. As others have stated this is a small and tight community. One of the few that people can really put their trust into.

I've been following Josh's travels from the beginning. When I read Riverrats post concerning the injury I didn't even know what to say. It's all about attitude and I think Josh has one of the best. The fact that he rode across the country solo is a testamant to his will and perseverance. I pray for your speedy recovery brother!
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Old 10-22-2007, 04:58 AM   #182
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Funklab and parents - I started reading Josh's ride report just a day or so ago and my heart sank when I read the posting of his accident. We will continue to watch for updates and will pray for a full recovery. God Bless you all.
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Old 10-22-2007, 09:09 AM   #183
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I'm absolutely stunned to hear of Josh's accident! I've been following his postings for some time, always looking forward to a bright outlook on his adventures and misadventures. Add me to a long list of my Adv brethern praying for a fast and full recovery!
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Old 10-22-2007, 09:15 AM   #184
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Josh & Family,

Best of luck and hope everything turns out OK. I also live right near Charlotte so add me to the "Charlotte army" should you need anything taken care of back on the home front.
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Old 10-22-2007, 11:46 AM   #185
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Hey folks!

I've been following Josh from just about the start, any support I can give from Charlotte is available without hesitation. Also posted in the "East" regional to get more ADV's aware. Send funklab my well wishes, Charlotte is here and at the ready!
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Old 10-22-2007, 11:47 AM   #186
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Quite sorry to hear about this. It hits me hard because I am an XR650L rider here in Charlotte also so I was looking forward to seeing what experiences would be gone through on "my" bike and living vicariously through my "neighbor" Josh.

We have a large number of dual sporters and motorcyclists who live in charlotte and post on charlottesportbikes.com as well as ADVrider. I guess I'll speak for the bulk of us and say we'd love to help out in any way we can. Just let us know and please keep us up to date on the recovery progress as there's plenty of people out there that aren't posting but are monitoring this closely nonetheless.
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Old 10-22-2007, 12:23 PM   #187
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Originally Posted by funklab.dad
I am Josh's Dad and his mom and I are with him at the hospital in Palm Springs.

On Thursday 10/18/07 Josh and a good buddy were riding the sand at Glamis and Josh went up a ridge. To hear him tell it, at the top - suddenly there was notghing but air - and a 20+ foot drop.

F.D., may I suggest that you guys contact the RiderdownFund: http://www.riderdown.org/forum/index.php?page=Contact They may be able to provide some assistance or help.
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Old 10-22-2007, 01:41 PM   #188
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My thoughts and prayers are with you

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I am Josh's Dad and his mom and I are with him at the hospital in Palm Springs.

On Thursday 10/18/07 Josh and a good buddy were riding the sand at Glamis and Josh went up a ridge. To hear him tell it, at the top - suddenly there was notghing but air - and a 20+ foot drop.

He says he did the best he could, landed pretty square - but when it all bottomed out, he just lost all feeling in his legs. Freaky, he landed so good that he went forward another 15 feet on the bike before he finally fell over...

Thanks to quick and caring work by his ridng buddies - Josh was protected from the sun and layed quietly while the helicopter was called for extraction.

He is stable and talking, but still has no feeling or control from the waist down. Doctors say his T-11 was crushed. He can only lay on his back right now....

The neurosurgeons are planning surgery on Tuesday to use screws and rods to stabilize his spine so he can sit up. We will try to update after the surgery this Tuesday.

Thanks to all of his riding buddies for their prayers and thoughts.
Dear Sir,

I too have a son and can only imagine what you and your family are going through right now. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your wife and your son.

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Old 10-22-2007, 01:43 PM   #189
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Another good contact, on the treatment side, is the Miami Project (themiamiproject.org). They've have done a lot of research on finding effective treatments for spinal cord injuries.

I was also following Josh's trip with a lot of envy. Hopefully, he'll be able to complete the trip someday.
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Old 10-22-2007, 04:05 PM   #190
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Josh & family, my prayers are with you for a full recovery.

+1 on the Miami Project, they do good work.

If possible, you should try to contact Dr. Terry Trammel at Methodist hospital in Indianapolis. He is one of the best in the business at putting broken bones/vertebra back together. He's saved many a race drivers career and some of their lives.
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Old 10-22-2007, 04:30 PM   #191
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when I read about the accident a few days ago, I didn't really know what to say / what to write.
I still don't but luckily, Truckin_Thumper does and I feel exactly the same

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Originally Posted by Truckin_Thumper
I don't get all sappy, but my heart just dropped a good bit. I have chills just typing this.
You opened up your daily life to share with all of us, and I feel as if I know you like a neighbor...... for once in my life (ok I felt a heavy heart for Don too), I feel sadness for a "total stranger"....
I hope you make a full recovery...
All the best, Josh, let us know if we can help in any way, even if only via paypal...

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Old 10-22-2007, 04:56 PM   #192
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I live in the Charlotte area too. If the family needs anything, please feel free to contact me anytime.
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Old 10-22-2007, 06:00 PM   #193
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Hope the surgery goes well.

Heal up quick and complete.

Best wishes, Mark H.
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Old 10-22-2007, 11:55 PM   #194
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Old 10-23-2007, 05:00 AM   #195
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RiverRat - thanks for the update. We'll say an extra prayer today for Josh.
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