No one comes to Drunkcyclist for a downer of a post, but this very well might be one. So if you’re looking for a dick joke fest, do me a favor:
1) Click this LINK and donate.
2) Be on your merry way.
For the rest of you who want to know why you’re donating and to whom, I’ll tell you a quick story.
Remember ADELAIDE? She is rad, and she’s a friend of Drunkcyclist. More importantly, she’s a friend of mine. Adelaide’s desk at work is five feet from mine. She’s quirky in all the best ways, she’s as friendly as they come, and she’s a hard worker both on and off the bike.
Adelaide was not at her desk this past Monday, nor will she be there for a good long while.
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About a week ago, Adelaide was out on her road bike training for a race. She was headed north on US36 near Boulder when a car pulled out in front of her at an intersection and stopped. Since US36 is downhill in that direction, Adelaide was flying. She couldn’t stop in time and crashed into the car.
Since then, she’s been in the hospital undergoing grueling surgeries. Her face was essentially ripped off. I could tell you more, but really, you should just read her boyfriend’s blog. I warn you: this post will break you in half.
If you don’t donate, at the very least, leave Kennett an encouraging message. He and Adelaide’s family are going through hell right now and kind words help.
This is my nightmare. Kennett and Adelaide are living it. We all know the risks and we all know we might be next, but it’s never real until it happens to someone you love. My boss said it best the other day: “My nightmare is that my wife or my kids will end up dead or in the hospital because of a lifestyle or hobby I introduced them to.” Yeah. I get that, loud and clear. It’s bad enough to be the guy squished on the front of a windshield; it’s worse to watch someone you love going through it.
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It’s bullshit that anyone in this country should actually need a fund to help them pay for medical bills, especially if that person has insurance, but the reality is, Adelaide’s bills will be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. We need to help her because we are all cyclists and we stick together. We take care of our own. And Adelaide is a cyclist. More importantly, she’s part of the DC family and the DC family takes care of their own.