Back in St. Louis

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Dodging tornadoes along the way, I made it back to St. Louis safely.  I went to see an Orthopedic Surgeon who said I don’t need surgery on my shoulder and that everything should heal in 6-12 weeks.  My arm will be in a sling for 3 weeks and then I’ll start physical therapy.  Walking is getting a little easier each day but my left leg is still pretty sore due to the deep contusions.  The road rash on the left side of my body is healing quickly.  The deep gash in my elbow is causing me the most pain.  Thankfully, after having taken our children through four bone marrow transplants, my wife is a wonderful nurse.

I was supposed to be riding my bicycle into St. Louis tomorrow.  As some of you are aware, I was scheduled to throw out the first pitch at the Cardinals vs. Giants baseball game tomorrow night.  Unfortunately, that opportunity is being postponed.  I’m just not healed enough to get that done right now.  I’m sorry for those of you who bought tickets to the game just to come see me.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to get it rescheduled with the Cardinals.  Thank you so much to everyone who was coming out to support me.

This crash has messed up so many planned events.  I hadn’t crashed on this bike before and the possibility of it happening during this trip truly hadn’t crossed my mind.  As Matthew would say, “I betcha didn’t see that one coming.” No son, I didn’t.  Thank you to everyone who had worked to set up media opportunities along the way and who had planned to come out and see me on the route.  Also, multiple people offered to finish the ride for me.  Thank you so much but this is my ride I have to do it for my sons and all the other children out there battling HLH.

The first step is to get healed and then to get back into riding shape.

Once again, thank you so much for the support!


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  1. Posted May 30, 2011 at 8:46 PM | Permalink

    I know that Kristin is glad to have you home in one piece and also making it through some of the most horrible weather in your states history…….we are glad you are home safe!
    Healing will take some time but it will be a good time to re-evaluate what is going to be the best and safest way to do your next fund raising! It is never worth risking your life….God has some work for you and Kristin to do and He needs you to be wise and healthy. There has been enough tragedy in your lives so think wisely.
    We love you and glad you are home!

  2. Jackie Ziegler
    Posted May 31, 2011 at 7:47 AM | Permalink

    Justin…so very glad that you are home and healing. I know that Kristin is more than happy to have you safely home. Take good care of yourself and I know, knowing you, you will be riding again soon.
    With love, Jackie

  3. John & Denise
    Posted May 31, 2011 at 12:01 PM | Permalink

    Justin… Glad you are in one piece. It is tough getting older, these falls are harder on our bodies now. You will bounce back quickly, I am sure. We all know God works in mysterious ways. He is working on you and your family. Hope to see you over the summer. Are you guys coming to Texas for the wedding in Katy June 17th?

    Take care,
    Denise, John and family.

  4. Jim Harvey
    Posted June 1, 2011 at 2:11 PM | Permalink


    You are amazing. I was in Europe when you started your ride (just returning over the weekend) and was not keeping up with the progress, and/or lack thereof, until today. I know you are disappointed, but I urge you not to be……how many men would do what you set out to do? Not many. Of that I am sure. Be proud of the ride that you had. I am sure your sons were smiling down on their Dad and pushing you onward. There will be another day, but in the meantime, heal yourself; take care of yourself and your lovely wife, Kristin, and Will. Next time you are in Dallas, I hope we have the moment to visit in person. Until then, take care and be safe. Best to you and yours.


    Jim Harvey

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