Wings for Life is an organization founded by Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz that is committed to researching and finding a cure for traumatic spinal injuries. As it’s associated with Red Bull, you can imagine that they also do a lot of work with professional athletes who have had serious injuries, in addition to everyone else.
One of those athletes is a good friend and collaborator of mine named Aaron Chase. Aaron is known to some as “The Godfather of Street Mountain Biking”, and he is in fact a truly amazing athlete to watch. He also sustained a very serious spinal injury while we were shooting video together in 2007. Through surgery, rehab, lots of hard work, and the support of Wings for Life, these days Aaron is back on his bike shredding harder than ever, and more importantly, has the ability to lead a normal life.
There are still many, many others who are injured and might not be as fortunate as Aaron. This is why Highland Mountain Bike Park – where Aaron spends his summers riding and training – has teamed up with Wings for Life to hold a charity auction, with 100% of the proceeds going to Wings for Life. If you stumble across this post in the next 8 days, please consider heading over to the auction and placing a bid – there’s some really cool stuff, including an autographed Aaron Chase Red Bull helmet, Brett Rheeder’s X-Games full-face, and many others.