An appreciation message from Lane

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With the holidays right around the corner, I wanted to get this note out to each and every one of you, letting you know how grateful I am for your ongoing support. This is beyond a simple thank you but rather a heartfelt appreciation.

The 2nd Annual ‘Fuel The Fire’ was a great success, but it did fall short of the ambitious goal that I set out; however, with help from a dedicated committee and from your donations, we were able to raise close to $18,000! This amount will provide me with about half of the funds I need moving into 2018. Although the total raised was short of the goal, it’s still a large amount of money and I am humbled by the generosity of friends, family and complete strangers.

I encourage you to take a look at the highlight video from the event (huge thank you to Nick “Niranjan” Desphande and the team at Diamond Entertainment and Arts for putting this together). I’d like to give a big thanks to the committee for a well organized and successfully executed event. Click here to view the video.

In addition, I have some big news to announce! Since early on with this injury, it has been my wish to put together a nonprofit to assist others with similar injuries, primarily to contribute to their physical therapy. “In The Neck of Time” is officially a 501c3! As I plan for 2018, I will be gearing my efforts, time and fundraising towards this nonprofit and away from myself. We are brainstorming ideas for future fundraisers and would like to get your feedback on what you feel would be best. If you could please take a few minutes to answer the following three-question survey, it would be very much appreciated. Click here to take the survey.

Please mark your calendar for Saturday, September 29th, 2018 for the marquee event. We decided to move the big fundraiser to be held in September, as that is National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness month. Stay tuned for more information on this event, as well as others, as we take this from helping one individual to helping others.

I wish you all a Happy Holiday season. I’m looking forward to getting the ball rolling in the New Year!

Sincerely,
Lane Edwards

Lane wants YOU at Fuel The Fire

There’s only a few days away from the 2nd Annual Fuel The Fire! Lane has come a long ways since his first Fuel The Fire fundraiser, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t set new goals. Come out, support him and have a great time!

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Support Lane’s recovery by coming out to Fuel The Fire

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We’re officially 2 weeks away from what will be another epic fundraiser. The 2nd Annual ‘Fuel The Fire’ is an opportunity for you to support my rehabilitation, while enjoying workouts, great food, beer/wine, a silent auction, an art show, stand up comedy, a raffle, sports memorabilia auction and live music.

This unique fundraiser is taking place on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 10am to 4pm. Its being held at CrossFit Sacramento, located between Fair Oaks Blvd and Arden Way.

Now for the specifics:

Workouts: Indoor triathlon, cardio kickboxing, TRX suspension training, Indoor Cycling, Zumba, Yoga, Pilates

Pricing:

  • $10 for entry (includes souvenir wristband)
  • $20 Pre-Registration (includes free t-shirt, unlimited workouts, a souvenir wristband and a $5 drink ticket)
  • $25 Day of Registration (includes free t-shirt, unlimited workouts, a rubber souvenir wristband)

Food: chicken/pulled pork sliders, caesar salad, coleslaw, veggie pasta and fruit

Price: $10 for a plate (includes 2 main dishes)

Drinks: Beer and wine, in addition to non-alcoholic beverages

Price: $10 with souvenir glass (beer/wine); $5 for refills

**Food/Drink tickets can be purchased on site

As beneficial as a GoFundMe page has been to me in the past, I’ve chosen to create a fundraiser that not only helps me with my rehabilitation from my injury but it allows you, my family, friends, associates, trainers, the greater Sacramento community and beyond, the ability to get something in return. I think this is why I’m so passionate about this fundraiser. It allows me to give you the opportunity to workout and in return, provides me the same opportunity.

If you come out to the event, not only will you be participating in the above activities, but you’ll be able to observe my progress through one of my workouts.

You’re support, encouragement, help, and care is what gives me these opportunities. For that, I am forever grateful to have you all along for this ongoing experience.

Hope to see you breath through the fear and walk through the fire with me on October 7th!

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3 years after the injury and a new living situation

This past April 17th marked the 3rd anniversary of my injury – and what a ride it has been. People in this small fraternity of spinal cord injuries (SCI) often call their injury date their 2nd birthday. When I first heard that term, I did not fully understand it, let alone embrace it. Fast forward 3 years, and I get it – this injury leaves you with an entirely different life.

I will be the first to admit that I have not lived up to my end of the deal when it comes to providing updates on my progress. For some reason, I just figured that people would grow tired of it. However, recently, I have discovered that people genuinely are interested in not only my progress, but also what I have to say. Perhaps it’s the fact that my story is real and the struggles that go along with it are as well. As I sit back and reflect, I can see why people would be drawn to my story (and others like mine). In this day in age, it is hard to find things that bring joy and inspiration (I know…). If your social media feed is anything like mine, then you are constantly inundated with politics, pictures of food, and babies and people talking about their daily routines. I’m not here to get on my soapbox, however, I know for me personally, that some of these things don’t really tug at any heart strings. I have been told by numerous people that my story makes people feel something that they can’t typically get from any other source – people love to see others overcome impossible odds. So, in the coming months, I’m going to do my best to bring you insights into my life. Be ready for more of the good, some of the bad and even a little of the ugly.

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I’d like to dedicate this particular post to all of my supporters and followers around the world. For the past 3 years, a lot of you have left me positive words of encouragement and expressed to me how much of an inspiration I am to you. I thank you for both of those. Others of you, have opened up your wallets and provided me with the much-needed funds to tackle this injury with the best physical therapy that I have access to. It is probably human nature that nobody wants to reach out and ask for other people’s hard earned money – I know it is for me at least. The amount of financial support that has poured in over these past 3 years is overwhelming and words cannot express how grateful I am for the continued support – this shit ain’t cheap! Then there are those of you who donate the most valuable thing that any of us have, time. This includes longtime friends, family and people that I have met just in the past 3 years. I know you know who you are, and I thank each and every one of you for being there for me come rain or shine.

And lastly, but certainly not least, I need to thank one particular individual, Lindsy Emerson. For those that may not know, I had been living with Lindsy pretty much since the day I got out of the hospital. She has been there time and time again through all of the ups and all of the downs. I honestly do not think I would be where I am today in regards to my recovery if it was not for her. Sure, we definitely do not see eye-to-eye on certain things, and I know over the years that we both wanted to throw our hands up, but she has stuck by me and continues to do so. I could go on and on with specific examples, from the delicious, healthy food that she makes, to all the driving she has done for me, but all and all I just need to send a heartfelt thank you to you, Lindsy.
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So, with that said, it has come to that point in my recovery that I need a little more Independence and to give Lindsy her life back. Early last month, I moved into a place of my own to start a new journey. A good friend of mine, Anna Christopher, decided to bite the bullet and make the move from Santa Cruz to live with me, as well as help with my care. I look forward to this next chapter in my life. I’m still in the same area of Sacramento and will continue living life without too much disruption. Would love to see your face if you want to check out the new digs (huge thank you to Mike and Gillian Simmons for making this possible).

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I will wrap this post up with one last update. In January, I re-enrolled in college and will be finishing up my Introduction to U.S Government class later this month at American River College (local Community College here in Sacramento). I am loving the class and have been very impressed with all of the accommodations that are available to me given my physical limitations. I am on track to get an A in the class and I’m very much looking forward to taking additional classes in the summer and fall.

That is all for now. I welcome your comments, questions and feedback. Look for more of these to come!

Thank you for your support and for listening,
Lane

Look at Lane Walk!!!!

Progress for Lane is happening one step at a time. Lane has begun walking unassisted for longer and longer durations of time. This video is of Lane walking half a mile an hour for 30 minutes straight completely unassisted.  This is a testament to his hard work and commitment to training as well as the love and support from family and friends.  It’s hard to believe it has almost been three years and the doctors said he would never move again. So proud of him.

Participate in the Reefer Ride For Recovery (yes seriously)

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This is a charity indoor cycling ride to support the recovery of Lane Edwards from his catastrophic accident that left him with quadriplegia. Read more of Lane’s story.

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

Location: The Building at 2636 Fulton Avenue

2636  Fulton Avenue, Sacramento, California

(between El Camino and Marconi Ave)

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Ride Formats:


Why Ride:

  • Promote the healthy and responsible use of the plant-based medicine cannabis.
  • Education – Cannabis can lead to an optimal states of wellness, enhance performance, and recovery.
  • Marijuana is legal for both medicinal and recreational purposes in California and six other states.
  • De-stigmatize the use of marijuana as a “drug”; to celebrate the power of workout. 
  • Get elevated not high. Have some fun. Demonstrate responsible use.

Non-Reefer Riders:

  • This fund-raising event is designed for all participants. If you both love to ride and support a cause like the LovingLane.org charity, join us regardless of your reefer-status.
Registration Fees:
    $20.00 Basic Donation: You get a reefer ride, munchies and music
    $50.00 Additional Donation: The same as above.
    $100.00 Premium Donation: The same as above. 
 
Click below to reserve a bike and a ride and specify your ride time:
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Lane’s Valentines Day Message Of Thanks

Before you put on your argyle sweater for a night out with a special someone, check out Lane’s latest message of appreciation for all of your love and support.
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Let’s hope 2017 continues to be a year of progress and growth for Lane and continued loyalty, community, and fun for all those who support his ongoing recovery.

 

Many thanks as we enter a new year

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Lane is doing very well in his recovery.  April of 2017 will mark year three since he was injured.  Through a ton of hard work, love and support from family and friends, and his shear will to get better Lane is progressing every day.  Our family could not have been happier to have him up in Grizzly Flats for Christmas and for him to get up out of his chair and stand (looks a little like the Leaning Tower of Pisa) next to the Christmas tree with our mother.  2017 is sure to bring new challenges and growth.

Stay tuned………………..

A Thank You For A Great Fuel The FIre Event

Dear Fuel the Fire Supporters,

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WOW!!!!!!! What an event that you just participated in.  It was a huge success for so many reasons but let me start with my deep humility and a heart full of gratefulness that you were able to participate and/or contribute.

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Lane came up with the name and the idea:  Fuel the Fire because two things fuel his fire; workouts and having fun (i.e. partying).  Together with his team of family, friends, and the steering committee they identified 5 goals as follows.

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Fuel the Fire would not have been possible without all of the generosity put forth by sponsors, donors, participants, friends, family, and most of all YOU!

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Thank you, thank you, thank you, to each and every one of you for your continued support for and encouragement of my brother Lane.  I am constantly amazed at the outpouring of support that Lane receives from people he knows as well as those that have never met him.

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Due to the overwhelming success, Fuel the Fire will return to Sacramento next year with new goals for growth, fun-raising, fund-raising, and reaching out to help others with similar injuries as Lane.

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If you have not done so already please sign up on www.lovinglane.org to receive updates on Lane, see pictures, and watch videos of his progress.

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With deep thanks,

Lane’s Entire Family and Friends

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