10 Ways to Get the Most Out of BASE
Tips from Matt Laj on enjoying your BASE journey...
BA-BOOM!! The loud ringing in your ears drowns out all other sound. You try to focus your eyes but the only thing you can see is solid white. A sharp pain shoots down your spin from the top of your head and you have a throbbing sensation in your feet. You groan in agony as you clutch your head and body. Your eyes are watery with sheer pain and your breathing comes out in sharp, shallow rasps. As the loud ringing fades away, the white you see transitions to color. As you start to identify shapes and objects you realize you're laying in the middle of a busy street.
You try to stand up but you quickly collapse to the pavement because both of your feet are broken. You realize your motorcycle helmet has come off and your bleeding from the top of your head. Behind you is the wrecked car that just pulled out in front of you at the last minute. Your suddenly lose your breath when you notice your wife laying next to the curb holding her broken femur and bleeding from her face.
It’s all very surreal.
Life can change in a instant. One minute you're on your way to Walmart and the next your in a hospital bed with titanium in your body. Life doesn’t care if you’re a US National Champion of Parachuting with over 10,000 parachute jumps, an Army Airborne Ranger or that you’ve helped pioneer a sport. Your life can change in a blink of an eye.
Skydiving Pioneer and US National Champion Jim Slaton and his wife Brandi were nearly killed recently on their motorcycle in downtown Houston. A young uninsured motorist failed to give right of way and made a sudden last minute turn in front of them. The car gave them no time to slow down or avoid the impact.
It's hard to put a number on the amount of lives that have likely been saved by Jim's contributions to the sport of parachuting.
Jim and Brandi flipped over the front of the car and cartwheeled down the street onto the concrete. They were both wearing safety helmets but still received many injuries. Jim broke both feet which required surgery to place a metal titanium plate on the top of his left foot while Brandi broke her left femur and knee which required surgery to insert a metal titanium rod inside her femur bone.
Texas laws prevent people in personal liability cases from losing their house, car & other property in a lawsuit. So if a motorist is uninsured and they do not have the cash on hand to pay any court ordered amount to the victims of an accident then the injured have little recourse. Basically, victims get a piece a paper to hang on their wall saying their are owed money by the victim.
Jim & Brandi now have hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills and no way to pay them. Brandi’s hospital bills alone cost over $100,000. The hospital bills are being negotiated down in price but there is much more they need help with.
They are both out of work and are not able to take care of each other because of their injuries. The couple could file bankruptcy but that will not help them get the medical attention they need now or help them during their long rehabilitation process.
“Jim Slaton could be considered one of the founding fathers of high performance parachuting worldwide. His contributions to the sport of high performance parachute flight and specialized training are priceless. It's hard to put a number on the amount of lives that have likely been saved by Jim's contributions to the sport of parachuting. Jim and Brandi are family. Family that were involved in a tragic accident where they were hit by someone with no insurance while riding their motorcycle. Let’s help them so they can focus on healing”
Robert Cowan, Pay it Forward fundraiser creator
We are VERY thankful for the people who have already pledged their support to our fundraiser but we still need your help & assistance now. Unlike donations to large organizations that can take months to begin distributing funds, your support to us will have an immediate and substantial impact in our lives. With your help, we can pay our bills and start the rehabilitation process to get us back on our feet. This is your chance to make a difference in someone else’s life and Pay it Forward.
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As a special thank you, if you make a donation of $100 or more I will give you access to my online canopy piloting training course called the 'Canopy Piloting Challenge'. This course was designed for swoopers & other high performance canopy pilots. Just make your donation & message me that you want access to the course.
Any amount you decide to donate will be very much appreciated and will make a huge difference in our lives which have been upended. Together, you can help us get back on our feet to the place that we all know and love.
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