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A life-changing jump

Hayden's Cody Piscitelli paralyzed from the chest down after accident

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Posted: Sunday, August 19, 2012 12:00 am

SPOKANE - Last weekend 19-year-old Hayden resident Cody Piscitelli was endurance riding, part of training he hoped would propel him to the upper echelon of motocross racers in the world. Then he raced toward a final jump.

It was toward the end of a normal Saturday for him at Airway Motocross Park, at Airway Heights. He was tired, but he decided to hit the biggest jump one more time.

He has spent the past week accepting the way he'll live the rest of his life. He's paralyzed from the middle of the chest down, after suffering a catastrophic and complete separation of the spinal cord.

He described the final seconds of the accident this way:

"I guess I didn't give it enough throttle or something," he recalled from his hospital bed at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. "I came up short, just landed and bounced and did a front flip off my bike and landed on my back."

He has been working hard for next year's Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch in Tennessee.

"That was going to be the breakthrough point," he said.

He hit the jump as fast as his Yamaha YZF 450 could go on the dirt track, which is about 65 mph.

Seconds before he landed, he knew he was going to come up a bit short, and that the landing wasn't going to be smooth. In his mind, though, he thought he would ride away from it.

He has always known that motocross is dangerous. He has lost five friends to the sport, but that didn't slow him down. He loves it.

Now, despite the immensity of the situation and reality of his new life circumstances, Cody is extremely positive, and just thankful to be alive and able to use his arms.

"Crazy change," he said of the days following the accident. "Just staying as positive as I can, thinking every second of my life it could be worse."

He's already eyeing wheelchair sports.

The first post to his Facebook account after the accident read: "I was fortunate enough to live 19 long years with my legs. I always lived on the edge. At least I still have my arms."

He thanked those who have supported him.

"I'm making the best out of it," he wrote.

Cody said he has had tremendous support from family, including his parents, Mike and Nancy Piscitelli, and sister Carina McGee, and friends.

His mother said, "We're gathering our strength from Cody. His attitude has been phenomenal."

She said that just after he crashed, and before he even got to the emergency room, he was telling people he would be a great wheelchair racer.

"He's faced it head-on, and hasn't had one word of pity for himself," she said.

Cody's outlook now is to live life to the greatest extent possible, and enjoy every minute.

When it's just Cody and his mother at the hospital, she said, "We just talk about what the future is going to be like, and what he can do."

Nobody will be talking about what he can't do.

Cody's close friend, Ashley Lagrou, 16, of Coeur d'Alene, said, "His parents did a good job raising him. He just wants everyone else to be happy and OK with him."

His mother said members of the motocross community have been visiting him every day at the hospital.

In addition to daily motocross training, Cody was a student at North Idaho College, and assisting his father at the family business, C & M Performance Racing Suspension, a race tech dirt bike suspension and repair shop in Hayden.

Mike and Nancy will have to modify their house, including adding a wheelchair lift, to accommodate Cody when he finishes his rehabilitation at St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute, in Spokane.

The family also will need a wheelchair and a vehicle for transporting him.

They will have to modify the family's bike shop so Cody can continue to work there.

"To say that this is going to financially devastate them is an understatement," said his sister, Carina McGee, in an email. Cody also has an older brother, Chayne Piscitelli, of Switzerland.

Nancy had to quit her job, for now, to help her son.

"The ramifications on the family are enormous," McGee said.

The medical bills are going to be overwhelming.

Now the family is reaching out to the community for help.

Ways to donate

* The family set up the Cody Piscitelli Benefit Fund at Spokane Teachers Credit Union. People can donate at any branch, or call the bank and donate to the account.

* Those that want to donate online through PayPal can donate to MikePiscitelli975@yahoo.com. Those donations go directly to the STCU account.

* Cash donations may be dropped off at the Camera Corral in downtown Coeur d'Alene.

* People also can go to the website Fundrazr.com and search for his name. Here is the direct link for his benefit site: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/2LlIe

* To donate items, such as a wheelchair, contact Cody's sister, Carina McGee, at carinamcgee@yahoo.com.

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  • My2sence posted at 8:36 am on Wed, Aug 22, 2012.

    My2sence Posts: 317

    Someone already has "cents" AND "sense" so thank's for noticing, very alert you are.
    Good luck with your future.
    "Like most horrible atrocities that happen to you in life, when you look at them in retrospect,
    it's usually a blessing or a lesson"...- Indian Larry -

  • CarinaM posted at 11:53 pm on Tue, Aug 21, 2012.

    CarinaM Posts: 2

    Uh, my2sense, he will not need a single thing that you listed. Though he will need a vehicle with hand controls and home modifications, by the time he leaves the rehabilitation facility in about 8 weeks, Cody will be able to care for himself completely, including cooking, cleaning, and yes, even driving. He can live alone when he chooses to. And he's a dirt bike mechanic at our family business, so he will be able to monetarily support himself as well, once these huge modifications are made. So please, don't pretend to know what he means when he says, "It could be worse."

    Also, you spelled "cents" wrong. Dummy.

  • cookiemonstersmom posted at 2:13 pm on Tue, Aug 21, 2012.

    cookiemonstersmom Posts: 5

    As difficult as DeNiles words are to read, I can't help but agree with him. Cody has a lifetime of struggle ahead of him and I can't help wonder where you'll all be after the newspaper articles about him have faded away. Will any of you be there to help modify his parents' home to make it wheelchair accessible? Will any of you volunteer your time to help with his physical therapy? Will any of you put your money where your mouth is and help pay off his medical bills? Will any of you be there to offer him a job at your place of employment 2-3 years down the road?

    Somehow I think not. But I do imagine that you'll all be at the motocross park cheering on the next paraplegic or quadraplegic when things go tragically wrong for that young person.

  • cmmama posted at 1:51 pm on Tue, Aug 21, 2012.

    cmmama Posts: 11

    @ my2sence: my brother is a quadropelegic he was injured in a swimming accident last year. His quality of life is what he makes of it and every day he has a smile on his face and a determined attitude:) He is an inspiration to me and my whole family, yes, life is very different for him now, but no less fulfilling. His medical insurance pays for his caretakers and so his disability is just that a disability, which requires a new way of doing things. Many people have disabilities, some have learning, some psychological, some physical. You need to have a more open mind and stop judging others based on your narrow way of thinking. Cory, I wish you all the best and may your journey to recovery be sucessful, you can still do anything you want to, just perhaps, a little differently.

  • DeNiles posted at 11:21 am on Tue, Aug 21, 2012.

    DeNiles Posts: 2450

    My2sence.... Paraplegics can be quite independent and I am sure Cody will get the most from life. In fact it sounds like he will become an inspiration for many. Most of what you questioned can be done autonomously.

    'Worse' is a spinal separation higher up the chord. Neck fractures with quadriplegia and, like Christopher Reeves, so limited that you require a machine to breathe for you 24/7. That is far more profound. And many people get that way simply from disease. Historically polio is a prime example. But other motor neuron diseases like Lou Gherig's disease (ALS), multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy also result such limitations. Believe it or not there is an infantile disease just like Lou Gherig's disease. 'There but by the grace of God' has sincere depth in such matters. This is why healthy, fully functional people need to respect their good fortune and take care not to unwisely put it in peril.

    When it comes to trauma, what I think is the 'worst' is the realm of brain damage. It varies from minor to major as you'd expect. Not going to digress into specifics. But protect your melon.

    Cody is spot on correct. He was "lucky", very lucky. And I hope to be hearing a lot from, and about, him in the future.

  • My2sence posted at 10:01 am on Tue, Aug 21, 2012.

    My2sence Posts: 317

    I'm having a hard time trying to figure out, what could be worse, than what has already happened to him with his new life changing future of someone ALWAYS being at his beck & call, dressing him, exercising him, wiping him, cooking for him, driving him, basically he's going to have a maid, butler, chauffeur & nurse at his side, for the rest of his life, (any other situation, this would be nice) but, I think (my opinion) is that the only thing worse (is not death) but if he had any children that would have to grow up seeing him this way. I could see people that break a leg or arm, ribs, face jaw, nose etc. etc. etc. while sacraficing limb and life performing stunts for an audience, would say "it could be worse" but when they say it could be worse, what they are talking about is......being 96% paralyzed.

  • DeNiles posted at 7:18 am on Tue, Aug 21, 2012.

    DeNiles Posts: 2450

    Thanks. I agree with you 100% I hope nobody ever finds themselves in Cody's situation. And you still are not hearing my message. I have no doubt that Cody is a marvelous person. From what I read in this article and from his friends and family, Cody will excel under his trying situation.

    My gripe is with the glorification of this so-called sport that puts so many good people like Cody in wheelchairs or worse. It is simply too risky and that is very easy to recognize. Extolling this sport places the challenge of being courageous and daring to many other young men and women. And as you and I agree, not one of them deserves to be in Cody's situation. Work towards that goal. Had somebody done this for Cody he would not be where he is today.

  • Foxchick posted at 7:39 pm on Mon, Aug 20, 2012.

    Foxchick Posts: 2

    I honestly hope that neither one of you two have to go through something like this. . . You two are pathetic excuses for human beings!! I can't believe there are people out there that have no compassion! Cody is an amazing kid, even though I have never met him! Regardless of you two pathetic losers he is over coming something that most people would just give up from! Good luck and best wishes to you Cody you are an amazing strong man!

  • DeNiles posted at 7:50 am on Mon, Aug 20, 2012.

    DeNiles Posts: 2450

    Deniles would love to never hear about another Cody or Krum, etc, etc..........

    I've known many a family of motorcycle racers. The riders were typically no older than their late 20's because the competitive sport destroys their bodies by that age. But yeah, I've met the family's. I've watched a wife cozy up to her vegetative husband and lay a baby across his chest...... for a family photo. I've seen countless mom's and sisters and dad's in tears. Day after day they come to visit. It is a marathon, not a sprint, I tell them. I've witnessed them purchasing magnetic mattresses, buying anything any voodoo charlatan would sell them to hopefully get their busted up sons back to some semblance of normal.

    This is a huge industry. It is a thrill sport. There are many types of motorized thrill sports. But motorcycles are absolutely the most dangerous. There is nothing between the rider and what the rider will hit except protective clothing. Something goes awry and it is momentum, air and gravity and wham (and pray nothing else hits you). How marvelously enjoyable? This is the closest modern analogue to ancient's Rome's gladiator battles. You all know this to be true. You've seen the legs twisted and bent. You've seen arms dangling and the unconscious laying on the track. You have watched them cover up dead bodies on the track. THIS is how you choose to earn a living? This is what you defend and advocate?

    Cody.... want to help? Become an advocate for sanity. You were being used. You were just bloodlust entertainment. Tell the world that it needs to end. There is no courage in playing Russian Roulette for the entertainment of others. Tell your friends to find a solid vocation where the rewards are not proportional to risking life and limb.

  • dirtmaan posted at 9:54 pm on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.

    dirtmaan Posts: 1

    I find it funny when people like you comment stuff like this! I know some of the people who he has lost and I know for a fact they would want with all their heart for him to keep living his dream and live life to the fullest! Yes motocross is a dangerous sport, lots of people get hurt we do it because it is the most fun thing we have ever done in our lives, yes he cant walk anymore but he has had the best years of his life years that people like you wish you could have, when you are out partying he was having an insane amount of fun and smiling and laughing with his friends just loving life. So f*ck you. That is all.

  • SCISSORS RUN WITH ME posted at 5:59 pm on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.


    Cody RACED MOTOCROSS (and hauled the mail)

    DeNiles sits on his computer and picks petty fights.


  • CaiusCosades posted at 4:27 pm on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.

    CaiusCosades Posts: 380

    DeNiles, you should change your handle to "Verbal Diarrhea". You spout off on here day and night get a life man. Nobody cares to hear your every thought. You are not an expert on everything. You come on here every moment of every day with the same 5 losers and talk negative about everything. GET A LIFE YOU LOSER!

  • Yamaha942 posted at 4:22 pm on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.

    Yamaha942 Posts: 1

    Each and every sport becomes a family. The kids grow up in the sport and turn into adults in the sport. The support that these athletes get from their sports family is unbelieveable. Your mom is my mom, your dad is my dad. When a child of a parent gets hurt, it hurts everyone, and everyone pulls together to help not only the athlete but also the family. The family of motorsports is huge, it reaches across the U.S. and farther. The support comes from past, present and future riders. Our families pull together and support our athletes be it a small injury or a huge loss. Apparently the people writing the negative have never had the support of a family like this...they don't get it...just sayin. Cody, our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. We have been watching you ride since you started at Airway. You and your dad cheered our girls on. Our dad was "Bubbles the clown". Good luck, and Get well soon, there is lots of good things to come for you young man. And racing your wheelchair, "Heck yes you can!!"
    Ride Hard, Ride Safe #975

  • DeNiles posted at 3:41 pm on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.

    DeNiles Posts: 2450

    Denib........ Christopher Reeves had a horse riding accident. I've known many such ventilator dependent high quads. This is one reason why I find it so absurdly foolish to intentionally engage in high risk activities. Motocross is among the worst for serious injury and death.

    The Christopher Reeves Foundation may well be the source of hope for Cody. They are quite focused on funding research aimed at healing traumatic spinal injuries. And there's another important legacy from Mr. Reeves himself. He died from an understood and treatable complication associated with paralysis, a decubitis ulcer also known as a bedsore. This is one aspect that also will be part of Codys care. There is a whole constellation of new things to be learned and attended to and none of them can be side stepped.

  • srl posted at 2:56 pm on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.

    srl Posts: 18

    Real mature.

  • Joseph Jr posted at 2:48 pm on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.

    Joseph Jr Posts: 512

    May God bless this young man.

  • SCISSORS RUN WITH ME posted at 2:43 pm on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.


    So you are the guy who decides what is 'Reckless Behavior' is?
    Your calling the sport I love 'Reckless'?
    What other sports are on your 'list'

    I want to bash my head for even responding to this Horses Phatoot.

    Now I'm pissed and praying to Jesus that srl gets cancer.

    Big Mike

  • DeNiles posted at 2:35 pm on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.

    DeNiles Posts: 2450

    "Risk of Injury Simply an Element of Motocross" - New York Times, Aug. 5, 2006

    Motocross is called an extreme sport for a reason. This is no mystery. It is no secret. Cody knew this. It has one of the highest rates of injury incidence of any hobby or sport.

    Serious injury is always a tragedy. Serious injury that could have been avoided adds a thickened layer to the word tragedy.

    Maybe some of you feel guilty for encouraging Cody to pursue this effort? But if any of you are bolt-out-of-the-blue surprised because this happened then you need to reexamine your own definitions of 'wise choice'.

    Nobody who works in any hospital is at all surprised when any 2 wheeled incident rolls in the doors in chunks. That is why we call them donor-cycles. So lets take a motorcycle and do high speed tricks. There's a good idea?

    Sorry gang. It is not a matter of being unsympathetic on my part. It is a matter of not being smart on yours and Cody's. Now all of you get to pay the piper. And to be perfectly honest, I seriously doubt if any of you truly understand the scope of challenges before you.

    It is good that Cody has your solid support. Motocross presents an equation of intensely risky odds. There is no good reason to sign up to be the bull at a bull fight. In motocross serious injury is more a matter of when......... not if. Cody is relatively lucky. He did not suffer a head injury.

    Good luck with your fund raiser.

  • Always Curious posted at 2:24 pm on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.

    Always Curious Posts: 498

    All the best to Cody and family.

    Hopes and prayers for all the best under the circumstances.

  • srl posted at 2:11 pm on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.

    srl Posts: 18

    I do feel sorry for him with the challenges that he'll have to face in the future. That's never easy regardless of how you're injured. But as for how he got injured, it's not as easy for me after hearing that five of his friends died doing what he did and he brushed it off.

    What I would have liked to hear him say was, "Wow, I really learned something from this," or "I want people to know it's not worth the risk." Instead the article talks about how he wants to race in his wheelchair now.

    We should not be celebrating or encouraging this kind of reckless behavior by saying its just "living life to the fullest." Especially when the risktakers aren't the only ones who will be saddled with the consequences.

  • denib posted at 1:04 pm on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.

    denib Posts: 1

    srl and DeNiles, you should be ashamed of yourselves! Superman, really? Are you too stupid to remember that Christopher Reeves, aka SUPERMAN, became a quadriplegic because he was doing something he loved? He would applaud Cody for his positive attitude given his circumstances. And apparently you can't read, you called his accident his "fatal jump".... HELLO he's still here! Fatal, really? And where do you see that the family is going to sue anybody??? That's just paranoia coming from an idiot. And both of you idiots mention that you can't feel sorry for Cody, well GOOD! He doesn't want your or anyone else's pity, as those of us who CAN read know already. And one or both of you @$$holes mentioned bankrupting his family..... thousands of people every day go bankrupt because they run up their credit cards! This family has a lot of support from their community, family and friends and they're gonna be just fine. Kudos to you Carina, how dare these d!ck$ run their idiot mouths off like that....I'm assuming they have d!ck$, no woman would have this kind of stupid attitute. I pity them in their mundane little lives, blogging bull$hit because they have nothing better to do. Do you creeps even know Cody and his family? Or are you just ambulance chasing to spread hatred and ugliness because you have NO LIFE??? Leave this family alone, Karma can be a real biotch......

  • cdaman1 posted at 12:43 pm on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.

    cdaman1 Posts: 30

    Cody, I've been around you for the last 6 years at the track. I have to say, you are one of the most positive kids I've had the pleasure to meet and be able to call my friend. I'm 46 and love the fact that I can still learn important life lessons from a 19 year old who has such a positive outlook. There are those people who just have nothing constructive to say when riders and parents of riders (me) dont fit into their bubble filled world where everybody needs to be experts in tiddlywinks and underwater basket weaving. We all know the risks and unfortunately sometimes those risks hit us right in the forehead. There are definitely a bunch of jackweeds out there who will say idiotic things to try and pick a fight. In this case they better watch out. I don't think they understand the motocross community and our ability to fight back. Cody, please keep that incredible positive attitude and know that your support system is always right there to pick you up when you need us. See ya soon.
    To SRL your intials must mean Stupid Recreant Loser. And let me spare you looking up recreant in the dictionary it means coward. Must suck going through life being scared of your own shadow.

  • CMYTAT2 posted at 12:09 pm on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.

    CMYTAT2 Posts: 5

    Life is about risk and living it to the fullest. It is clear that Cody lives by that belief as well!! Kudos to him for chasing his dreams and excelling at what he adores most in life. Twisting the throttle and flying high!! While this may be a major bump in the road, my guess is that we will see him achieve other incredible things in the future. As to people who feel compelled to say negative things, well, just ignore them, as they are judgmental and not worth the time it takes to type a reply.

  • Foxchick posted at 11:52 am on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.

    Foxchick Posts: 2

    I honestly can't believe ANYONE in their right mind would want to be as rude as this Idiot has been, Cody is doing great and having a positive attitude towards it all, Recovery from an accident is never an easy thing, my cousin was hurt last year in a football injury, and its been a long hard road. . .Whats kept him going is the positive attitudes! Dont listen to this jerk that obviously has NOTHING better to do than down people! Cody keep up the hard work!! As regards towards his insurance, why is it any business of yours or anyone else's?? People donate to help a family in need, regardless of if they ask or not!! Grow up idiot!!

  • Dervy posted at 11:44 am on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.

    Dervy Posts: 1

    Cody we love you and you are in our prayers now to take care of some people below me
    @denils and @srl
    You must not of read the article correctly, the article is not a plea for donated money. It is a story of a young man who was trying to make a name for himself doing something he is great at... You guys must never have experienced extreme sports, the biggest risks you've taken we're commenting on this blog... Inherit dangers are what make it fun, being able risk those dangers and still win are what make you great. I've had friends die younger then Cody from motocross and you know what happens the other riders use a term called Godspeed and paste the kids numbers all over there gear so he can ride with them forever.. So don't get it twisted this article wasn't for clowns like you it was to tell the story of Cody trying to get out of Idaho and make a name for himself.

  • mister d posted at 10:40 am on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.

    mister d Posts: 1531

    Good luck to Cody, he will have a tough row to hoe. He will need all of the positive people around him when more of the reality of his circumstances hits. It's definitly now the end of the world, just a different way of tackling the future.

  • DeNiles posted at 10:23 am on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.

    DeNiles Posts: 2450

    Denise...... I have every appreciation for the travails Cody will face and the bounty of support his friends and family seek to afford him. I have seen this same story before, too many times. That is the context of my response. The article here is making requests of the public, seeking to define enough compassion to solicit funds as well as sympathy. There's nothing wrong with that.

    And there is nothing wrong with me asking why? You can be sure that the manufacturer of the motorcycle, the helmet and the owners of this motocross recreation park all required Cody to accept the full risks of using their products or facilities. Cody cannot sue any of them.

    I am saying that people need to be more aware of their own decisions. They come with real world consequences. I ask this same question when I see young people using tobacco, anyone using illicit drugs or bike riders riding without helmets. It is thrill seeking at some risk exposure. It was no accident. It is not another persons fault. It did not need to happen. And when you have seen the damage time after time, even as Cody admits, it becomes difficult to feel bad for the willing victim.

    As I said initially, best of luck. It is a real tough row to hoe. And yes'm, Cody needs to have that 'make the best of it' spirit. I applaud his attitude.

  • Sport Mom posted at 9:51 am on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.

    Sport Mom Posts: 5

    Way to go Carina, you are a great sister for supporting your brother and helping your parents out. I have four teenagers and although some of their favorite things in life are what I may call dangerous, I still support them. You hit it right on when you said at least he was doing something he loved and by the sounds of it he is not looking for any pitty. If in the same shoes as your parents, I would have supported his sport as well. As for the other idiots on here, they have no idea what support is! The most ignorant people have the most to say! I'm sure they spend money to watch motorcross so they have NO business talking the way they are one here. We, the community, will support your family and help out as much as we possibly can! Good luck to your brother and we will look for him in the wheelchair events!

  • Denise L posted at 9:49 am on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.

    Denise L Posts: 1

    When our lives are touched by tragedy, there are those who seek to comfort, support and show care and respect. The outpouring of emotional, financial, and hands-on support which Cody and his family is receiving is incredible. Thank you to all of you who seek to help in all the ways you have and are about to. This is our community and our society at its best. Cody and his family and friends are stepping into a new and unfamiliar world. We all need to keep a positive and tenacious attitude now and in the future. We can all do this, especially when we support each other and look ahead with eyes that see the good in each other and what can come of this.
    Those that seek to tear down and blame in this time of crisis (sri and DeNiles), especially now when we are all adjusting and fighting for Cody's new life, may take value in reassessing their need to attack. During times of trouble, whether it's our own or someone else's, is when we show the true nature of our character.
    Our family's choice is to rally together with friends and those who care to support Cody in all ways, uplift him when he needs it, love him and be there for him. Cody will come through this ok because of the wonderful person he is. Cody's attitude inspires us all...choose to live life. So, Here's to Life! Sitting, standing, two wheeling or four wheeling!

  • SCISSORS RUN WITH ME posted at 9:16 am on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.


    A SUPERMAN logo?
    You should be embarrassed. (I'm embarrassed FOR you.)

  • SCISSORS RUN WITH ME posted at 8:31 am on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.


    How do you respond to an imbecile?

  • SCISSORS RUN WITH ME posted at 8:28 am on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.


    I love hypocrisy.
    Like this slackjaw has never played Football? Hey bigmouth, no skateboards? Ever dive in a pool?
    You do not have any children that ride bicycles? Your dumb fat, spaghetti o out of the can eating couch sitting A** needs to just need to sit there in your wrongness. Wallow in it. (I'll bet it's not the first time)

    Big Mike

  • CarinaM posted at 8:16 am on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.

    CarinaM Posts: 2

    At least Cody decided to live his life to the fullest, and enjoying and loving every minute. This could happen to anyone at any time. We could hide, frightened and feeling safe in our houses, leading boring and insignificant mediocre lives, or we could choose to LIVE. Any real living takes risk taking.

    Cody DOES have insurance, and it is I, his sister, who chose to highlight his story. Cody has not once asked for sympathy and donations- THAT WAS ALL ME. Cody's message is that life is beautiful, and we should enjoy every moment.

    To those that don't understand that life is worth living, and that involves taking some risks, keep your miserable thoughts to yourselves. You take a risk every time you choose to drive a car, walk in a parking lot, ANYTHING. At least this happened while Cody was doing what he loved, and was living life to his fullest. I feel sorry for you both, DeNiles and srl. Funny you choose not to show your real face or name.

  • DeNiles posted at 7:54 am on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.

    DeNiles Posts: 2450

    When we have socialized medicine how should we manage cases such as this one? I would hope that people who choose to participate in risky behavior must also purchase (at their own expense) additional insurance to cover the potential consequences of the activity.

    Cody, you understood full well the dangers of this sport. Now what? We should be upset and fret about what you did to yourself? We should donate funds to help you pay for your own mistaken choices? Absolutely this is going to be hugely expensive. I guess you might say that you wished for luck before you took that fatal jump and now you pray for help. I wish you luck.

  • srl posted at 7:48 am on Sun, Aug 19, 2012.

    srl Posts: 18

    He's lost five friends doing this yet didn't think maybe he should stop? I am having a hard time feeling sorry for someone who knowingly takes such risks for no other purpose than his own thrill seeking. Now his family is forever saddled with his financial burdens. I hope riding around on a motorbike was worth bankrupting his family. Geez.

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