Update 11/3Update 8/21 - Mark is in rehab right now in West Seattle and will be there for the next couple of weeks. Alissa Anderson has visited him and says he's in good spirits and looking good.
We've closed the contributions at this time. I'll report how much money was raised for Mark in the next day or two - It's a considerable amount and the team has been so generous. Way to go RTB. xoxo
Our teammate, Mark Gringle, suffered a terrible assault on Sunday, July 24. While training for an Ironman, he was on his tri bike when an angry driver pulled over, got out of his vehicle, and stood in the road. Mark crossed over the yellow lines to miss him but the driver lunged and shoved Mark from his bike. He sustained a concussion, broken clavicle, nine broken ribs one of which punctured his lung and numerous pelvic fractures which required several pins.
After spending 5 days in ICU, he is now recovering in the hospital and from there will need to go to a skilled nursing facility for rehabilitation.
His lungs are improving and the fluid in the chest cavity is dissipating. He’s 6-12 weeks from being able to bear weight on his left side so it will be several months before getting back on a bike which he’s determined to do. He is taking it one day at a time with “just another hill” attitude.
About Helping Teammates..
RTWith a community of over 200 members, unfortunate incidents happen every so often. A team member has an accident, or an illness or death in the family, etc.
When this happens, we find out what he/she or the family needs and pitch in to provide it. Teammates can - and certainly do - offer help in other ways, but this has been a way for anyone on the team- no matter how far away or how busy they are - can help if they choose to.
It's completely optional of course - there's no pressure to participate. RTB covers all administrative costs so 100% of your donation will go to the team member.
If you know of a team member that could use this type of help. please email Patty.