it was a kid from the carson area. his friend came into the store and was hoping to put up a donation jar for him, apparently he lost a leg from the injury. real sad for the kid but his buddy said that he is in good spirits and already wants to figure out how to get out climbing again. now THAT's STOKE! keep it cool, dave.
Hoh man poor kid! Somebody else had mentioned amputation, sorry it wasn't rumor.
But if he's still psyched so should be we!
Somebody get him in touch with Malcom Daly and suggest to himmthat there is better rock in the world than Dinosaur rock!
I work with adaptive learners, climbing and other, in classrooms and the crags. If you, anyone know him, have him give me a shout. Ask for Jaybro, Esp in Moab or Vedauwoo! Though I have connections in Washoe county, as well!
his buddy said that he is in good spirits and already wants to figure out how to get out climbing again
the czar, is there a way you can make contact with this local cragger or friend to suggest to him to start a kickstarter project or similar? it wouldn't take much to start it. (A donation jar is so 20th century.) I would think $5k (for starters?) as a threshold amount would go a ways. If anyone can make contact along these lines, please post any update here. Much appreciated, I'd love to contribute!!
South Lake Tahoe resident Anthony Lizaola can vividly describe the rock climbing accident in Carson City that took his leg in August.
He remembers reaching for a rock, the rock springing loose and the 20-foot fall to a ledge below. He recalls the 5-foot boulder coming down on his leg, and the leftover mess of muscle and bone.
“It was shredded open,” Lizaola said Thursday.
Hanging upside down and not wanting to fall another four or five feet to ground level, the 23-year-old used his right arm to hold himself up, while his left arm grasped his mangled leg.
The friend he was climbing with called 911, but it took about 20 minutes for an ambulance to arrive, he said.
Lizaola was immediately taken to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno. After coming out of surgery, he heard the news: his pelvis was broken, his clavicle was broken and his left leg had been amputated.
“I had already expected the leg to be amputated,” he said. “It wasn’t a big shock or anything. I kind of parted ways with it on the rock.”
Lizaola currently gets around in a wheelchair and walker, but what he really needs is something more mobile, said his father, Hugo. On Nov. 4, a spaghetti feed will be held to help the family pay for a prosthetic.
“He’s a great kid,” he said. “And he’s full of energy. He just wants to get on with his life the way it was before.”
Family friend and event organizer Jeannette Shippee said she hopes to raise about $10,000 for the limb.
“He’s my family,” Shippee said. “I don’t want to see him struggle.”
Lizaola, who said he’s been keeping a positive attitude since his accident, is happy to receive the support.
“It’s awesome,” he said. “It’s definitely helping out a lot.”
In the meantime, Lizaola said he’s been focusing on his rehabilitation and eventually moving on with his life.
“There’s no use in crying over spilled milk, I guess. Right?” he said.
and more importantly
If you go
What: Spaghetti feed and silent auction
When: 5-8 p.m., Nov. 4
Where: Presbyterian Church, 2733 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe
Tickets: $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 years old and younger.
Direct donations: Marco Anthony Lizaola Medical Fund at El Dorado Savings Bank’s Bijou branch
If anyone knows him (or the people behind the fundraising efforts), suggest a paypal account as well. Great for spur of the moment donations.
So is there a Kickstarter or other way to donate? I did some quick searching, and it seemed like a lot of hoops to jump through. Damn shame and scary as hell. I've climbed there and done the route left of the block. After we get this kid a new leg, how's about we cut OFF the legs of the fu*ktards doing the graffiti? I hate that scum with a deep, deep passion.