LOS ANGELES (July 12, 2008) -- On January 18, while riding his bike to work Mike Vincent, a former BMX rider who has been a prominent fixture in the sport for many years, was struck by a car. He sustained major head trauma and many bodily injuries, including the possibility of permanent loss of sight. Like many action sports athletes, Mike did not have any insurance at the time of the accident therefore payment for all of his treatment and future rehabilitation and surgeries, outside of a life-threatening emergency, will have to come out of his own pocket.
In addition to competing in BMX, Mike has worked as a judge for all of the major action sports competitions, including the X Games, LG Action Sports World Tour, AST Dew Tour, and the former Gravity Games. He has also been a part of most of the core BMX competitions, including Rebel Jam and the CFB events. During the off-season he worked as a professional caddy at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, in Gainesville, VA.
Over the last few months the industry has assisted Mike by participating in local fundraisers and donating their heart, time and money when needed. However, the need is greater than anyone could have ever imagined and the support must continue in every way possible. Realizing that at any time Mike’s plight could be their own, the industry has established an Ebay auction to raise funds for Mike’s current and future treatment. At the 6th month mark of Mike’s accident, an auction will be opened on EBay. On Friday, July 18th, at 12:00 PM EST the auction will go live online. Many athletes and friends have graciously donated items for this cause. All items will be offered for only 10 days. Final bids must be completed by 12:00 PM EST on July 27th.
Some of the auction items include:
* DC x SE Quadrangle 24 in Cruiser: Limited Edition
* Haro Forum Pro Lite BMX: autographed by Ryan Nyquist
* Redline Flight Pro BMX Racing Bike
* X Games 14 VIP Package for 4
* Camp Woodward: one week action sports camp
* Ryan Sheckler’s autographed Plan B 3D Skate Deck
* Paul Rodriguez's autographed Plan B Signature Skateboard Deck
* Chris Haslam’s autographed Almost Skateboards Deck
* Bucky Lasek's autographed signature Element Skateboard
* PLG's autographed signature Darkstar Skateboard
* Jake Brown's autographed Blind "Eternal Life" Slam Deck
* Tony Hawk's autographed 8x10
* Mat Hoffman’s autographed Bell helmet worn during X Games 13 Mega Ramp Contest
* Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg’s signed Thor Jersey worn during Moto X World Championships
* Chad Reed's autographed San Manual/Yamaha team THOR MX pants
* Callaway and King Cobra golf clubs
* Boutique shoes by Jimmy Choo and Society for National Dress
* Playboy merchandise package
For a full detailed list of auction items please go to: http://www.actionsportstour.com/mikevincent/benefits/ebayauction.html
For details and updates on Mike's condition please visit www.actionsportstour.com/mikevincent/ or contact Olivia Elizandro at 310 738 0936 or via email at MikeVincentUpdates@gmail.com
The road to recovery will be a long one, but together we can make a difference.
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