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Important Announcements â€“ The Life of Riley Poor
The Life of Riley Poor
Take a pause for the cause and show your love for friend, partner and ski industry staple, Riley Poor, to help Riley get back on his feet. We're very excited that we've recently begun a relationship with the NTAF, so that people interested in donating/investing in Riley's recovery can make tax-deductible donations that will be earmarked for Riley individually. In any case, all future donations should be made directly to Riley or through the NTAF. Riley Poor Tribute Sheet - NTAF Riley Poor Tribute Sheet - NTAF Fundraising event for Riley this Saturday, 2/28 in Denver at Sutra! Throughout the year we will be partnering with the NTAF in order to raise money for Riley to offset the cost incurred from the hospital stay, rehab, etc. If you are old school feel free to send Riley your well-wishes at: Riley Poor PO BOX 4105 Boulder, co 80306 P.s. If anyone has any fundraising ideas please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org thanks for all the support we can feel the love and consequently Riley is doing amazing! Still lip reading and rejoicing after every slight wiggle of his toe or tingle on his arm, but, he is on his way. Anyway Riley has about a mile of tubes surrounding him and stuck in to various parts of his body and a tube stuck down his throat to facilitate getting oxygen in and fluids out that he can't expel on his own. He is getting fed this pea soup looking stuff and sedated and whatever else is in all those bags and bottles that is so confusing to me that it makes me frustrated somewhat. But he is responding to their input so that is all that matters. When he comes around he opens his eyes and SEE'S, and nods his head yes and no to our questions. As all of you that know Ri know the very idea of anyone stuffing something down his throat and telling him what to do is going to agitate him and keeping him calm upon surfacing is something that we are getting better at and he is becoming more accepting of thankfully because he needs to stay still as possible at this time in order to let the healing process do its thing. Just know that he is getting better by micro steps but needs to get to a place where he can breath on his own, which he has the capacity for because his diaphragm is working just fine, along as well as his shoulders and arms too. A few days ago he gave Katrina a huge smile and raised his arms to hug her in the manner to which he loves to do to not only her but all his friends and family. I am going to end this entry with that picture in your minds and let you feel the last time he gave you one? About Riley Poor Fundraising Information
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The Life of Riley Poor
This afternoon, I went over to Craig to spend some time with Riley, and wanted to update everyone with how things are going. Right when I arrived, Riley was out in the hall outside his room talking to some of his therapists, and then we shot the shit with one of Ri's in-house buddys and (I think it was) the guy's brother. It was neat to see a glimpse of Riley's community at Craig, and tune into some of the conversations that people are having there. We migrated to Riley's room next and he told me about a film that he watched this morning about Mike Utley, the Detroit Lions football player who was paralyzed in 1991. Riley was inspired deeply by the story of Utley's rehab process, and it made him feel good about his position to know that Utley's injury was more severe than his, and Utley has gone on to accomplish a great deal since. During our conversation, Riley would periodically adjust his body weight in his manual chair from sitting upright to a hunched over position, and I finally asked him what he was doing. He explained that the shifting of his weight was important so that he wouldn't get sores from being in the same position for too long, and then he got excited and showed me again, narrating his movements as he went: "This is a really positive thing that I can do," he said as he hunched over, took a deep breath in, and raised himself back up to upright, without using his hands to push up, but with his core strength instead. "One of my buddies in here who was in the Murderball Movie (a quad-rugby player), who is super stong and can push all of his weight up with his arms, was jealous when he heard that I could raise myself up with my core muscles. It's a really good sign that I can do that this soon after my injury. In fact, Riley is discovering more and more of these 'good signs' everyday, and at this point, he has a good amount of sensation in his lower body and can feel is nerves firing in his legs. Next, the nurse's station came through on the intercom asking Riley if he would accept a phone call. He had me run across the room and grab the phone, which I held up to his ear for a good 15 minutes while he conducted business with Simon and a couple other guys who are in Sweden for the Jon Olsson Invitational this week (I know it's hard for Ri to be missing that event this year, as he has fond memories from last year's, but he didn't show it). It was awesome to listen to Riley - a guy who is confined to a wheelchair, stuck in a hospital, battling for his own well-being - provide his guys with a wise sort of managerial advice about the biz, including their two year film project, Transitions. Riley's attitude and work ethic are strong as ever, and while his heart is still heavy from the recent news of Shane's death, he remains focused and committed to a full recovery. I asked him today what his realistic expectations re: his recovery were and he told me: "I want to walk again. It's that sort of matter of fact, stubborn, and driven thinking that makes me think he might just get there. Riley sends his best to you all, and is doing his best to look at all of the emails, facebook wall posts, and blog comments that you've been leaving. Keep sending the positive vibes his way, and don't forget to donate through the NTAF! We're very excited that we've recently begun a relationship with the NTAF, so that people interested in donating/investing in Riley's recovery can make tax-deductible donations that will be earmarked for Riley individually. In any case, all future donations should be made directly to Riley or through the NTAF. Riley Poor Tribute Sheet - NTAF Riley Poor Tribute Sheet - NTAF Family and friends of Riley Poor are raising money to pay for uninsured medical expenses associated with his spinal cord injury. Riley is being treated at Craig Rehabilitation Center in Englewood, CO. Riley has chosen to fundraise with NTAF Catastrophic Injury Fund in part because NTAF provides both tax-deductibility and fiscal accountability to his contributors. Video: A Day with Riley Poor A Day with Riley Poor A Day with Riley Poor Greg Hydle recently spent a day with Riley at the Craig Hospital and put this 'day in the life of Riley' video together - it's a candid glimpse into Riley's arduous daily rehab schedule... it's safe to say that Riley's determination to fast-track his recovery has only increased in recent weeks, and his high spirits continue to be inspiring (if not awe-inspiring).
Fundraising | The Life of Riley Poor
The Life of Riley Poor
The highlight of the event - besides watching all of the little munchkins in attendance crawl all over Riley - had to have been Luke Van Valin's performance as live auctioneer. My bro and I paid Riley a visit this morning, and despite having a sore neck from 'looking up' during conversations with friends yesterday, his spirits were the highest I've seen yet - suffice to say his sense of humor has remained intact throughout this ordeal. He's incredibly appreciative for everyone in his life, and rightfully so... he has some pretty great friends and family. He and Katrina will be leaving Denver for Los Angeles on Thursday (with the help of Jake Largess who will be driving their new van, packed with just a fraction of their belongings). Riley wants everyone to know that even if he hasn't returned your email, text, Facebook wall post, etc., he has read it and has drawn a huge amount of strength from the collective well-wishes; he intends to get back to everyone in due time. As Riley moves on to the next chapter in his life, he will continue to make strides with his recovery. Take a pause for the cause and show your love for friend, partner and ski industry staple, Riley Poor, to help Riley get back on his feet. We're very excited that we've recently begun a relationship with the NTAF, so that people interested in donating/investing in Riley's recovery can make tax-deductible donations that will be earmarked for Riley individually. In any case, all future donations should be made directly to Riley or through the NTAF. Riley Poor Tribute Sheet - NTAF Riley Poor Tribute Sheet - NTAF Fundraising event for Riley this Saturday, 2/28 in Denver at Sutra! Riley seeing his friends supporting him with those bright orange stickers meant so much to him, knowing that he was present with them in some regard. On Friday night, Crested Butte's men, women, and children showed up in force to celebrate for Riley. Riley sends a huge thank you out to Cjay Clark and Trent Sweitzer who both dreamed up the event the week before.
Fundraising and Contact Information | The Life of Riley Poor
The Life of Riley Poor
Riley Poor suffered a severe spinal cord injury on January 10th, 2009 and is currently rehabilitating at the Craig Hospital in Denver, CO. Throughout his ordeal, Riley has been very accepting of his injury and is aware that his recovery leaves a long road ahead. His discharge date from Craig is currently set for May 7th, but by no means will that date mark the end of his rehabilitation process. Riley's family and friends are raising funds to cover both uninsured medical expenses that he has already incurred as well as for future rehabilitation costs. Suffice to say, spinal cord injuries spur a major change in lifestyle, and Riley will probably need expensive vehicle and home modifications, as living in a wheel chair presents a whole new set of challenges. Riley has chosen to fundraise with the NTAF Catastrophic Injury Fund in part because the NTAF provides both tax-deductibility and fiscal accountability to his contributors. Contributors can be sure that funds donated will be used only to pay or reimburse medically-related expenses, and will be incredibly appreciated by Riley and his family. Riley Poor P.O. Box 4105 Boulder, CO 80306 More information and updates can be found at: Riley's Poor's Recovery Blog: www.rileypoor.com Riley Poor's Support Group on Facebook Also be sure to check out the online store devoted to Riley's recovery, where an assortment of great gear from the action sports world will be sold and auctioned to benefit Riley. Riley Poor, a long time ski industry cinematographer and friend of many, hails from humble roots in Crested Butte, Colorado. Riley has navigated his way through the ski industry with an impressive resumé, working for many of the heavy-hitting production companies including Matchstick Productions, Poor Boyz Productions, and most recently as Simon Dumont's personal cinematographer. Additionally, Nike 6.0 employs Riley as its Team Manager. Riley's cinematography is insightful and articulate, and it is difficult to find another soul in the industry that has positively touched so many people - someone who has painted his impact and resonance on us all. For those of you who do not know Riley, he embodies kindness, sincerity, thoughtfulness, and friendship, all of which show brilliantly through his personal spark and that constant twinkle in his eye. 3 thoughts on " Fundraising and Contact Information" Pingback: Props to T.J. Riley Poor's Recovery Blog Pingback: Riley's Benefit Extravaganza in CB A Success Riley Poor's Recovery Blog Pingback: NTAF Tribute Sheet Riley Poor's Recovery Blog Leave a Reply Cancel reply
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