30 Jun 07 / Posted By DBS
Stephen Murray suffered a very serious spinal injury crash at the Dew Tour Dirt Jumping comp. He now needs the help of the cycling world.
DH.com explains his story.
And US TV news reports:
Stephen Murray came to the United States from New Castle Great Britain over 10 years ago with a dream of riding with the best athletes in the sport. He came over here originally as a BMX racer but quickly took to Dirt Jumping and Freestyle in the scene of Huntington Beach and Sheep Hills.
2001 and 2002 marked the biggest year for Stephen Murray of his career. He won the Gold Medal in Dirt Jumping at X Games and back to back wins at the Gravity Games, the two biggest contests at the time.
Stephen is quoted on his own riding style, I go 110%, go big and send it! (EXPN.com)
On Friday June 22nd at the AST Dew Tour BMX Dirt Finals in Baltimore, MD, Stephen Murray took a horrific fall on the final set of the dirt section while sending a double back flip. Stephen has received career ending injuries to his spinal cord and vertebrae.
Unlike the NFL or other major professional sports which have unions that provide funds to athletes who are injured, BMX has nothing like this. BMX however is much more like a family than any other sport. Now is the time we need to reach out and support one of our family members like never before.
The injuries that Stephen sustained are no doubt going to affect him for a life time. Medical bills alone can reach astronomical dollar amounts. As a BMX community we have the power to help him. Stephen is a young 27 years old and is the financial provider for a wife and two young children.
Info on Stephens progress and how to contribute here
We at DBS really remember Stephen from the days of the Titan team.
From this he lived the dream that most of us a scared to reach for and took it to the next level. Couldnt find a crash free youtube but this from 2006 shows Stephen 'sending it'
We all wish him and his family, hope and happiness in the future.
Donate HERE @ Murray Strong