Mark smiles as he sees teammate Alex Sanborn on Nov-3. Mark’s stated goal is to walk again.
Our friend and teammate Mark Petimezas suffered severe injuries after a cycling accident on an autumn training ride, losing use of his limbs. Mark is a beloved member of the New York City cycling community and Team CRCA / Foundation Cycling. As a category 3 racer, hard work and dedication lead to a stand out 2013 season for Mark. As anyone who has ridden or raced with Mark knows, he is incredibly friendly, generous, and always eager to help others.
On Saturday, October 26th, while riding North on 9W on a beautiful fall morning, Mark crashed badly when his wheel got tangled with another rider’s. Mark went down hard and landed on his head (he was wearing helmet) with most of the impact to the right side of his face. Injuries included severe damage to his spinal cord, a concussion, fractured cheek bone, and a fractured eye socket. Mark lost use of his limbs immediately after this accident.
What injuries remain
Mark is currently bed-ridden and faces a long road to recovery, including intense rehabilitation at Rusk Institute. Financial hardship of lost income has been coupled with mounting medical bills for his intensive and expensive medical care.
Why we need to raise money for Mark
As a consultant, Mark only gets paid when he works. We do not know when he will be able to return to work. Mark does not have disability insurance, although luckily he does have health insurance. We want to help Mark make it through these tough times by reducing his family’s stress over financial hurdles like:
Mark walking with his wife and daughter.
Mark is a friend to all in the cycling community and he needs our help. Please donate generously using the PayPal “Donate” button below. He and his family are in need of assistance.
Thank you for your support,
The New York City cycling community and Team CRCA / Foundation Cycling
Mark walking with his daughter Mila one week before the accident.
Team CRCA/Foundation is dedicated to helping Mark recover and reach his goal of walking again.
Tavern on the green on July 21, 2013.
Mark at the Tour de Fort Lee 2013.
Mark at an early season Central Park race in 2013.
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