While trying to land a double backflip during the Snowmobile Best Trick event at X Games Aspen last month, Colten Moore came down hard on his snowmobile and sustained a back injury. The two-time Snowmobile Freestyle gold medalist suffered a dislocated T-12 vertebra, which bruised his spinal cord.
Just after the crash, Moore was flown from Aspen, Colo., to Denver and underwent surgery to repair the dislocation. Thankfully, Moore has already been up and walking with the help of his care team, and he remains very positive and grateful. However, due to complications resulting from the injury, he’ll need to go to a rehabilitation center specializing in spinal cord injuries.
The rehabilitation center costs are extremely high, and insurance will not pay for Moore to attend the private facility. While Moore has a great team of rehab specialists waiting for him in back in his hometown in Texas, he first needs to be admitted into one of the world's best inpatient rehabilitation centers to ensure the best possible outcome.
To help defray costs, a Road 2 Recovery donation page has been set up for Moore, with a funding goal of $175,000. The Road 2 Recovery Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that was founded in 2000, and is dedicated to helping AMA licensed Professional Motocross/Supercross riders and Action Sports Athletes with financial assistance if they sustain career-ending injuries as well as providing motivational, emotional, and spiritual support to these individuals and their families.
All funding raised on the page will go toward any uncovered costs of Moore's recovery, including spinal cord rehab, physical therapy, travel and other medical bills. Any leftover funds will be directed back to Road 2 Recovery to help others in need. For more information, or to make a donation, click here.
We wish Colten a speedy and full recovery!