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Friends and family of Patrick Shortle are joining together to raise funds for his recovery from injuries sustained from a hit-n-run accident

While training for AIDS/LIFECYCLE 11, Patrick Shortle was in a serious cycling accident. His accident occurred just after crossing The Golden Gate Bridge from Marin County while attending 'Lead' training for ACL 11.

Patrick remembers that his speedometer clocked him at 4 MPH, as there were many pedestrians and typical traffic. He regained consciousness with the paramedics working on him. He was rushed to the Neuro-Trama Unit at San Francisco General Hospital.

Patrick's injuries include: blunt trauma to the head with minor bleeding on the brain, broken scapula, broken clavicle, broken hip and 4 broken ribs.

Patrick is now home to heal and work on his recovery with physical therapists coming to the house to start the long rehabilitation process. Patrick is in constant pain, yet he pushes himself with the same zest that he tackled AIDS/LIFECYCLE 10 with last year.

Before training for ACL 10, Patrick had not been on a bicycle since his college days. Patrick has the added burden of surviving polio as a child which left him with a slightly underdeveloped leg along with the pain of post-polio syndrome. Despite this adversity, at the age of 59, Patrick successfully completed the ACL 10 ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles and contributed to raising a record 13 million dollars to fight HIV/AIDS. Patrick was training to do the ride again in June when the accident happened.

Besides the challenges Patrick faces in physical recovery, there is the financial burden of no income and no savings. Patrick had just secured a new job and was still in his 6 month probation period when the accident happened; as a result he has no sick pay and only minor disability benefits.

Now that all the sources of income have been exhausted, Patrick, and his partner of 29 years Jimmy Whelan, find themselves in a situation where, without the help of friends and family, they cannot pay for their rent, utilites, or other expenses such as food and transportation.

Any contribution, no matter how small, will be of great help and will surely be paid forward when the time comes.
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