Thank You To Everyone!

It’s taken me a full day to recover, but man, Ross’ ride day came out so much better than I ever could have imagined, and I have to extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported the event. From those who donated prizes and auction items, to my friends and family who lent a helping hand, to those who attended the event and shared a smile and handshake with Ross, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
When Ross was injured, I went into emotional shock. Though an injury of this sort is always something that has been in the back of my mind, I never in a million years imagined that it could happen to my big brother. I am, after all, the wild one who crashes spectacularly all of the time…not Ross! But that’s neither here nor there now, and almost every minute of every day, I have Ross and his well being on my mind. Thanks to all of you, we can send Ross to Project Walk, where I firmly believe that he will regain his ability to walk again. Just today, one of Ross’ therapists at Project Walk – Kim – discovered that Ross has regained sensations all over his right upper leg. Every gain, no matter how small, is a huge step towards Rossi’s ultimate goal of getting back on his feet again. If you haven’t checked out, please do so.
But back to the ride day! It was AMAZING. Over 700 friends showed up to support Ross, and I am very pleased to report that we raised a whopping…are you ready for this? A whopping $42,000 to help Ross with his therapy at Project Walk, medical bills, and living expenses! On Sunday night as my wife Eileen and daughters Megan and Samantha counted all of the donations, I laid on the couch in a vegetative state because I was so exhausted. When they gave me the final tally, though, I was up and jumping around like Richard Simmons. (Albeit, a thicker, Japanese version with better hair!)
But wait! The news gets even better! Through our good friend Mike Young, another motocrosser who suffered paralyzing injuries many years ago, I met the Goodwin family, whose son Brian suffered a spinal cord injury in 2007. The Goodwins were so generous, and donated a new shower bench for Ross to use in his newly remodeled shower at home. They also told me about the Be Perfect Foundation, which was formed by yet another SCI patient, Hal Hargrave Jr, and his family. The Be Perfect Foundation helps raise funds to help other SCI patients and also to support SCI research foundations. On the advice of the Goodwins, I applied for a scholarship on behalf of Rossi. When Hal Sr. send me an E-mail indicating that Ross WAS GRANTED A SCHOLARSHIP GRANT FROM BE PERFECT, I pulled over to the side of the road, read the news on my Blackberry about six or seven times over, and could barely dial Ross’ number because my hands were shaking so badly. Thanks to the generosity of the Hargrave family, Ross’ first couple months at Project Walk have already been taken care of. Please, take a moment to click on the Be Perfect Foundation link on our home page and watch the video on their home page. It is truly moving. Thank you so much to the Hargrave family and Be Perfect. Ross and I can’t wait to bump into Hal Jr. at Project Walk and meet, face to face!
In closing, here is a ton of photos and even a video that my friends and co-workers at TransWorld Motocross put together at Ross’ ride day. If you weren’t there, you won’t believe what you see! I still can’t believe how the motocross industry pulled together for Ross… CLICK HERE


One Response to “Thank You To Everyone!”

  1. Art Hayashi Says:

    Hi Ross…I wanted to talk with you at Perris raceway, but there were so many people around you…What a great turn out you had…Hope your feeling better..Take care ~ART~

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