A bicyclist from St. Cloud has been left paralyzed after being hit by a car during a cross-country race.
John Egbers, 64, is a popular member of the St. Cloud biking community, working part time at Revolution Cycle and Ski.
Last week, he was taking part in the Trans Am Bike Race, which starts in Oregon and ends in Virginia, when he was struck from behind by a vehicle as he traveled through Kansas.
According to his GoFundMe page, Egbers has been paralyzed from the chest down as a result of the spinal fractures he sustained in the crash.
While he is able to talk and has limited mobility in his arms, there's a real chance he might not be able to walk again.
After he's recovered from other injuries sustained in the crash, he'll be taken to a spinal cord injury rehabilitation center in Denver.
Despite the uncertainty over his prognosis, his wife Susan says he's extremely determined to recover – telling doctors he wants the surgery to fix his broken leg now "because I am going to ride my bike again."
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"He bravely asked if he was paralyzed forever," she wrote on GoFundMe. "There is no real answer for that right now. He was told everyone heals differently, and with time and rehabilitation we will know.
"He replied, 'I feel I am going to recover'."
The fundraiser for Egbers, who WJON reports is also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, has so far exceeded $24,000 in the space of just six days.
His family meanwhile is planning a fundraiser at Beaver Island Brewing Company in St. Cloud on July 15, more details of which will be released closer the time, the radio station notes.