Stay Strong Brad

July 31st, 2014 , Bess

Me and Brad Smeele

I met Brad at the Tige Pro Am during summer ’07. Smashing good looks aside, I noticed his sense of humor and laid back demeanor. We kept in touch over the years. While living in China, Brad Skype’d me from New Zealand and I felt a little less lonely. We crossed paths again during summer ’11 when he visited LA for the X-games. Brad is kind, caring and an incredibly talented wakeboarder. A few weeks ago he suffered a tragic accident and needs our prayers.

While attempting a first-of-its-kind trick, Brad didn’t complete a rotation and landed on the ramp headfirst. He shattered his C4 vertebrae and is currently in a quadriplegic stage. Doctors say Brad has a one to two-percent chance of regaining motor skills to his upper body. He’s fighting pneumonia but making progress.

With the outpouring of support, not only from the wakeboard community but the global community, it’s easy to see Brad is a beautiful being. Please keep Brad and his family in your thoughts and prayers. His road to recovery won’t be easy, but neither are 1080’s off a double-up. Brad’s a champ and I know he will succeed in whatever wake God throws his way.

Click here to follow Brad’s recovery. If you want to offer more than just prayers, all donations go directly to his recovery. Stay strong Brad!

♥ BB

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One Response to “Stay Strong Brad”

  1. Mom says:

    What a lovely, loving post. My prayers are with Brad and I will surely lend my support to his recovery.

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