Young motocross rider paralyzed, learning to walk again

Local - 11/19/2013 4:20 PM by Joe Hellriegel
BEAVER - A young motocross rider is learning to walk again after a crash in a race two years ago.

Derrick Bonds is 18-years-old and was involved in a motocross accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down. In the past two years he has learned to ride again by being strapped to the motorcycle and now he is learning to walk again. He has been accepted by Project Walk, a spinal cord injury recovery facility located in California and will cost around $14,000. Derrick explains what happened on the day of the accident.

"It kind of kicked me off and then kicked me off the side of the jump, off the landing and the bike landed on my back," said Bonds. "That's all I remember, that's all I know. The number one thing is I want to walk again, that would be the greatest thing I could do and I'm confident that it'll happen."

A fund-raising campaign has been established with HelpHOPELive (formerly NTAF), a nonprofit organization that has been assisting the transplant community for nearly 30 years. in 2000, they expanded their mission to include people who have sustained catastrophic injury.

If you would like to help, visit m.helphopelive.org/donate/donate2/4277. Contributions are also accepted by sending a check to HelpHOPELive. All contributions are tax deductible. You can also contact Kathy Davis at (304) 890-0120 for more information.

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