Downtime in the Winter

I apologize for the lack of posts and updates through-out the winter, we decided this winter to forego our winter event, and I believe it was a good idea since every single Saturday it snowed.

The season to ride is upon us – please watch for motorcycles

motorcycle accidentI share with you a letter from one of our recipients:

First and foremost, please accept my sincere THANKS for all you took care of for my family, Susie you were awesome, very caring and compassionate through it all…Thank you!

Our story begins like this, my husband was in an accident on his way to work 07.29.2013 when he was hit by an SUV.  He was being rushed to the hospital in very critical shape while our 2 children and I were in Washington visiting family.  We received a call explaining his injuries with the news of not knowing whether he was going to survive (multiple head and facial injuries)or if he did the quality of life he would have.  By the time we arrived back to Arkansas he had been transfered to a more advanced facility in hopes his prognosis would get better.  The days were long and hard not knowing, it even got to the point they called all the family in to say their goodbyes, Sam had not responded like they thought he should have……God intervened and turned things around.  He improved and was moved to a Rehab unit closer to home.  Sam is walking (with assistance), talking, learning to cope with vision loss(right eye) and left sided weakness….enjoying life everyday….Sam is our OVERCOMER.

 We were introduced to COFR through a friend.  In times like this you never know what to do or where to turn for guidance, support, etc.  God put COFR in our lives at the right time, they were a blessing to us…a lifesaver….Thank you all so very much!  Your organization is always in our prayers and will forever be in our hearts!   Sincerely from the friends and family of the Yandell family…. We thank you!

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Continuing To Help

Hello all COFR Followers

I apologize for not keeping this site up to date, life takes over and bamolam..oh Black Betty sorta thing.  The August run was awesome, a wee bit hot but we had a great turn out! We did decide not have the winter event this year.

We are looking for more volunteers as we continue to grow and we are getting ready to start meetings for our summer event which is August 24th this year.   Volunteers are always needed.

Since our August event, we have helped 4 families with mortgages, rents, utilities and more.  I have a story to share about one of these families and how they become part of our lives and part of us. 2090124_f520

 

Our name was given to someone thru one of our volunteers, a friend of a friend had gone down and they needed help – the friend was very concerned about the family and tried to get them to accept assistance, having approached them not with us helping them, but some others, the father didn’t want to hear of it.  So, time went on, I met the friend of this family in the store, and I reached out to them.  It is a really tough call to make, I know I do not like accepting help, even for small things, so I can only imagine.  I got a call one day and this man said, yes.. I need help.  WE cried.. I said I know!

Plain and simple a lot of people do not want to take charity – I want to say this is not that, this is family helping family! Riders ride for their own – motorcycle enthusiast are a unique bunch of people and it is with that I say – even though this is bittersweet – it brings into my life a lot of great people!

Stay tuned for upcoming news on our August 24th Event! Let’s make this year big!

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From California to Chicago

Thank you to the internet and thank you to Brian Connor & Roll Giving – Brian’s found COFR online and cared enough about our charity to use us as his choice for his companies Roll Giving – THANK you so much! It is support like this that keeps Children Of Fallen Riders moving forward.  Brian’s story is below, it is a story that is all too familiar, but needs to be shared and needs to be read again and again as we all get behind the wheels of our cars, or the handlebars of the bikes.   The photo provide was a local here that was this past week involved in an accident, when someone once again turned left in front of a motorcycle.

Please read Brian’s words below…..

I was on my way to work, the road is a one lane road that has houses and driveways connected on my right side and open fields and vineyards on my left. While I was going to pass a truck that was going 35mph I accelerated to about 45-50 mph in a passing area (speed limit is 50) with no oncoming traffic, as you can see a clear mile down the road.  As I was just hitting the middle of the truck, the car had pulled out from their driveway on my right side. I was in the east bound lane and entered the west bound to pass. The other car had entered the west bound lane from the blind side of the truck on the east bound right side. I hit the brakes, instantly got severe front wobble. At that point reactions kicked in and I laid my bike down on the right side and actually jumped off. My bike totaled the car hitting on the driver side and tearing down the side. I was extraordinarily fortunate (can’t express that enough!) and somehow my body slide in-between the car and the truck. I had what my doc say was a hypersensitive response in that everything I experienced happened in slow motion as I remember to the small detail everything that happened. I was wearing spine and chest protection which without a doubt saved me. I slide for approx. 70 feet. The personal damage was relatively minimal with just 2 broken bones in my left hand, a lot of stitches around my eye and some serious pain killers that helped with the complete soreness… but I’m walking.

We all want our loved ones to be able to come home – stay safe!

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I Pray My Wish Will Come True

I knelt down, to get closer to eye level with her, her broken and bruised body covered with a blanket, her eyes wide open but as lifeless as the trees in the winter time, and where there was once a sparkle, now only a pool of tears.   Her stability in life gone, what she knew as a daily routine no longer, she would never see her father again.

The tears that swept down my cheek were not my own, but those of a man that held me tight and said thank you so much for reaching out to me, I just didn’t know what I was going to do.

Every child must be made aware
Every child must be made to care
Care enough for his fellow man
To give all the love that he can

I pray my wish will come true
For my child and your child too
See the day when men of good will
Live in peace, live in peace again

The child I knelt by we helped, the man that cried tears on my cheek we helped – perhaps not monumentally, but I feel to them it was.

Each day enjoy the people in your life, each day let them know they are loved, each day, stop taking everything little for granted.  Each day, know that somehow, you can make it a better world to live in.

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Anthony Gomes #1 Billboard Blues Guitarist

Children of Fallen Riders Presents – “Chase Away Your Winter Blues” benefiting Fallen Riders & their families in times of crisis.

Come out and join us on February 23rd, 2013 at the Sundance Event Center in Waukegan and enjoy an evening with Rough Night Out and Featuring Anthony Gomes.  Anthony has played for Children of Fallen Riders for several years and this is a guy that talks through his guitar.  He tells stories with his guitar of those old juke joints, lost loves and life like no other I have seen in a long while.

Anthony has been voted:

Billboards #1 Blues Guitarist in the Nation
#1 Blues Artist in the World on Reverbnation Global Chart
Up to Zero – Selected Best CD of 2012 from Blues.com

I had the chance at the very first Chase Away Your Winter Blues to sit down with Anthony and just talk, I have to say he is one of the kindest, compassionate people I have met.  He is very gracious when it comes to his music and to his talents.

If you haven’t heard of Anthony or Children Of Fallen Riders, come on out..and find out about us!

Children Of Fallen Riders is a not for profit 501(c)3 organization that assists families of fallen riders when they are in crisis.  We are an emergency foundation and have assisted in helping 33 children to date of several families.

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