As you might have seen, the finalization of the Josh Frederick Foundation (Click here for their Facebook) is being cemented into place for his recovery, and for research into spinal injuries. There will be a silent auction from Pro Motorsports and they are still taking donations, there will be a big ride day at Cahuilla Creek on June 8th to benefit Josh, and there’s a shirt and hat being sold from WORCS. With help from the Quad Mafia, we are organizing a few other ways to help Josh and his family, including a letter/card campaign and sweatshirt signing to send to him, mostly from the NW riders that adore Josh, but anyone is welcome to participate. We’ll have details on that later, but for now, financial contributions should be handled directly through the channels outlined on the WORCS website.
Today, Josh and his family head to Denver to start his treatment at Craig Hospital. This is a long-term rehabilitation facility that has been ranked in the top 10 of rehab hospitals in the U.S. for twenty-three consecutive years. Craig Hospital “specializes in the neuro-rehabilitation and research of patients with spinal cord injury (SCI) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Craig is a not-for-profit, free-standing, national center of excellence that has treated 29,000 patients with SCI and TBI since 1956.” According to their website, “On average, Craig “graduates” make greater functional gains during their initial treatment, are discharged home at higher rates, return to work or school in greater numbers, are more functionally independent, require less attendant care, have fewer rehospitalizations, have higher levels of community reintegration and satisfaction with life, and have higher earning power than their national peer group treated in other programs.” We could not wish for a better place for Josh Frederick to recover in, unless of course they could somehow attach themselves to his actual home.
With scientific breakthroughs happening all the time, and stem-cell research ongoing, injury research and improvements in medicine, therapy, and other treatments, we are staying positive for Josh. It sounds like he’s at the right place for rehabilitation, and we will continue to support him and his family in whatever way we can. We know we don’t have to ask the ATV community to do the same.
Good luck Josh Frederick!