Welcome to Bikers Down Support.
HOW BIKERS DOWN SUPPORT GOT STARTED
On Father’s Day, (June 19) 2016 I got the call no father ever wants to get.
Mike (my son) & Kendra (my daughter in law) had been in a accident. While out for a breif ride on Mike’s motorcycle an impaired driver over 4 times the legal limit driving an SUV while under court order to NOT drive that was uninsured T Boned them in a traffic circle going to the left in the circle instead of to the right. When we arrived at the hospital Mike was already on his way to emergency surgery after a Cat scan and Kendra was barely conscious. If she was the least hurt I was terrified for my son!
So began days and nights at Mike’s bedside in the ICU unit or with Kendra in her room while she endured surgery after surgery. Spending unsettling nights sleeping in the family lounge outside ICU. Mike went through an amputation of his left lower leg, part of his stomach was removed and a brain injury was discovered while he was in a 2 month long coma. That was along with numerous broken bones. He developed pneumonia in his one good lung (the other had been punctured) and he wound up on a tracheotomy while in the coma.
As days turned to weeks I thought I would go crazy if I did not do something. So on July 2, I began organizing a benefit motorcycle show for Mike & Kendra & 8 days later the show was held at the Brookside Mall (in Fredericton, NB). We had a DJ, donated trophies, many items donated to raffle, numerous give aways, we sold pizza, had a donation jar, 50/50 draw (the winner donated their share back), full media coverage by ALL local TV, radio and newspapers MADD had a booth. Several hundred people attended and we had 21 bikes on display. We raised approximately $4000.00 and after paying for the pizza nearly $3800.00 was donated directly to Kendra while Mike was still in a coma.
I started to think I should do this every year make it an annual event to help any injured rider in those first few weeks of a serious injury. As the summer turned to fall I decided it would be best to form a non profit organization and began researching with the Government of NB what I had to do. I had also decided one show n shine a year would not be suficent to help the amount of injured riders within the province each riding season.
I was told of Bikers Down Society in Nova Scotia and after making contact with Jimi Swinamer, the founder and head of BDS in Nova Scotia I received consent to form a Bikers Down in New Brunswick. I am still seeking interested members of the motorcycling community to join with me and form a Board of Directors. BDS is
an actual registered Not for Profit organization operating under New Brunswick business license number 714346129NP0001.
As time passes we wish to expand throughout the Province of New Brunswick through chapters that have their own committees and eventually span Canada province by province.
So because of a devastating accident involving two of my most cherished family members, BIKERS DOWN SUPPORT was formed and is striving to help as many other riders as we possibly can during the first 6 – 8 weeks after a serious accident.
Thank you for your interest in BDS and stay safe!!!
As told by President & Founder of BIKERS DOWN SUPPORT in New Brunswick, Michael Burden (aka Mickey Gee or Senior)