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Community bikes to help cyclist recover

By Shannon Ballard 11:03 PM January 4, 2014

Frosty Bottom proceeds going to help survivor of mountain bike crash

ANCHORAGE- Like many children, 7-year-old Will Simpson and 4-year-old Kate Simpson like bikes.

“We came here to watch the race,” Will said.

The Frosty Bottom race has them thinking about their bike track at home.

Their dad, Luke Simpson, taught them how to ride.

“He rides it a lot,” Will explained.

“Now when he’s in the hospital he told my mom that he doesn’t want to bike any more,” Kate added.

Will and Kate remember what their dad was like before Nov. 4, 2013.  A day Luke Simpson was in a terrible mountain biking accident at Kincaid Park.

“He fell and hit his head,” said, Kris Simpson, Luke’s wife. “It was really scary.”

The accident left Luke completely immobilized due to a traumatic brain injury, she said.

“He looks up for yes and down for no,” Kris explained. “He can move his mouth, he can move one of his legs, his foot and his toe.  That’s about it.”

“I’m sure it’s been hard. It’s hard for him to tell us. It seems like he’s doing ok. He’s ready to move on to the next step,” Kris said.

The next step is taking Luke to a hospital in Denver that specializes in his kind of injuries.

An expensive step that will get some support from the Frosty Bottom race.

“He wishes he could be here riding with everybody,” Kris said.

All proceeds, minus expenses, from the race will be donated to the Simpsons to help with Luke’s rehabilitation.

“I just want to say thanks to all the people that did this race and all the profits that go to my dad,” Will said.

To the Simpsons, the monies raised means a better chance of Luke coming home and all of them being together again.

On Monday, the Simpsons head to Colorado to start Luke’s rehab.

They said his friends are getting closer to their goal of raising $300,000 to help ease the medical expenses.

To learn more about Luke and his family or to make a donation, click here.



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