Many of you may know that Jason Williams was struck by a car while riding his bike home from work October 25th. If you do not know Jason Williams he is a fixture in the NW cycling scene whether it be as a talented single speed CX racer, rando rider, team leader, event promoter, service tech at Cascade Bicycle Studio or super positive dude supporting anyone who loves cycling. Jason is a three time MFG Cyclocross Single Speed Series Champion. Must importantly he is our friend and a friend to many that race between the course tape week in and week out.
One of the hardest moments anyone can have in life is to see a friend broken and beat up, stuck in an ICU at Harborview Medical Center after being involved in a car on bike crash. It is akin to seeing an eagle that can’t fly, or a jaguar that can’t leap. Jason has suffered five broken ribs, a punctured lung, shattered shoulder socket and multiple deep lacerations. But even though broken, with chest tubes installed and everything else connected to him via needles and medical tape, he still had a mile-wide smile and positive attitude for anyone who came in to visit him at the hospital. After 12 hours of surgery to repair his shoulder Thursday, October 31st, Jason faced an incredible battle with a level of pain that no one should have to go through. And he also faces the prospect of months—possibly years—of physical therapy to regain as much range of motion as possible.
Jason and his life partner Shasta are now facing incredible mounting financial pressure following treatment of his injuries and stay in the ICU and surgery ward at Harborview. No matter how you slice it, the insurance from the faulted driver who struck him October 25th will not be enough. Unable to work, staggering medical bills on there way and the normal costs of daily life always present, this is one of the most difficult times in JDub’s life. Jason would never ask this of anyone, but we can ask for him. We can help take some of the financial pressure off so Jason and Shasta can focus on his healing. We can give back to someone who has given so much to so many.
At the Start Line of each race this week at Woodland Park GP we will be passing the “collection basket” through the field to gather donations to help support Jason during the next 8-12 weeks of his recovery while he is way from his work. It would be fantastic if every rider this Sunday’s race could donate $5 – $20 but anything is appreciated and would go to good use. If you can contribute, thank you. We will also have a collection basket and Stanley products for sale at Custom Service to support Jason.
Donations can be made at: https://www.youcaring.com/jdub. Please note, the site automatically adds an optional fee to the donation that you can eliminate if you choose. The fee is used to help fund YouCaring.com