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Monday, March 7, 2011
Paralyzed BMXer vows to ride again


In July of 2008, Manassas, Va. local Ricky Chang was filming a handrail session with a friend, when he crashed. He landed on his neck and broke his C1-C3 vertebrae, and was paralyzed below his chest. "I spent three months at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta fighting for my life. I came back home to celebrate my birthday with my family and friends and soon after that I was hospitalized again at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore for rehabilitation and extensive therapy," says Ricky.

The injury changed Ricky's life. He has regained partial use of his arms and continues to work hard to maintain body. And according to Ricky, he will ride again, going so far as to keep his bike in his room, which is covered in Skavenger posters and assorted riding photos. But the therapy and adaptive equipment that Ricky requires are expensive. To help offset expenses, Ricky's family and friends established a fundraising campaign through the Catastrophic Injury Program of the NTAF.

In the above video, Ricky relates his story to the local news channel, remaining positive and very strong, considering the extent of his injuries. Ricky may not be a top pro or well known name in the sport of BMX, but he's a BMXer like every one of us, and he deserves the support of the community. Watch the video above for an inside look into Ricky's life following the crash, and if you can donate to Ricky's cause, please click on this link to help.