Having ridden BMX since 2008 (pictured: my battle-scarred steed), and followed the sport for almost as long as I can remember (first introduced to the concept I believe by the father of a primary school friend), I could be considered a little biased when I say that the BMX scene in particular, and extreme sports in general, is one of the most tight-knit and supportive groups in the world. In my opinion it is made all the more amazing by the potentially solitary nature of the sport; you can ride practically anywhere at anytime, and you need never do it with anyone if you should so wish – all you need is a bike.
The BMX community has proven time and time again that it will come together to get behind individuals facing hard times: coming together to show support for the family and friends of Dave Mirra following his untimely passing in February this year, a true pioneer and legend of the sport (and lifelong hero of mine); and the thousands of people (so far) who have sent letters of support and donated to an emergency fund to help contribute towards the medical bills of Scotty Cranmer following a life-threatening crash (and subsequent complications) he suffered this October – to name just two instances in 2016 alone.
I would like to take this opportunity to draw your attention to the latter, Scotty Cranmer’s cause. Whilst he is making phenomenal progress in rehabilitation – once referred to by a doctor as a quadriplegic, yet now slowly regaining control of his limbs – he is still a long way from recovering completely, and the process will be long and unfortunately very expensive. Please watch and share the videos below (or this post) to learn more about the situation from the man himself and those around him, and click here to access his Road2Recovery profile (a non-profit organisation that help professional extreme sport athletes and their families with financial, motivational, emotional, and spiritual support following career-ending injuries), where you can donate to his recovery fund if you should so wish.
Stay strong Scotty, we’re all behind you every step of the way.