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i'm gumby dammit

Sport climber
da ow
Oct 20, 2013 - 12:04am PT
http://www.tahoedailytribune.com/southshore/snews/8562402-113/lizaola-leg-lake-tahoe
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 wasnt 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.

Hes a great kid, he said. And hes 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.

Hes my family, Shippee said. I dont want to see him struggle.

Lizaola, who said hes been keeping a positive attitude since his accident, is happy to receive the support.

Its awesome, he said. Its definitely helping out a lot.

In the meantime, Lizaola said hes been focusing on his rehabilitation and eventually moving on with his life.

Theres 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.

Info: 530-573-3038

Direct donations: Marco Anthony Lizaola Medical Fund at El Dorado Savings Banks 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.
i'm gumby dammit

Sport climber
da ow
Oct 20, 2013 - 08:38am PT
bump for the mornning crowd. are they up yet?
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Oct 20, 2013 - 09:27am PT
Pelvis , clavicle and leg--dayum.. Heres to his recovery!
Kalimon

Social climber
Ridgway, CO
Oct 20, 2013 - 09:45am PT
Harsh event . . . best of thoughts to the poor chap.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Oct 20, 2013 - 09:57am PT
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Missing photo ID#321125

the rock^^







Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Oct 20, 2013 - 10:10am PT
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Missing photo ID#326359
where he hung until rescue arrived.. CLIMBING is serious folks.
Bad Climber

climber
Oct 20, 2013 - 10:35am PT
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.

BAd
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Oct 20, 2013 - 10:37am PT
+1 Bad... Ive vowed to catch someone in the act there. When i do, it "aint" gonna be "purdy".
i'm gumby dammit

Sport climber
da ow
Oct 20, 2013 - 10:44am PT
Bad Climber - the information for donations for his new prosthetic is at the top of this page.
Direct donations: Marco Anthony Lizaola Medical Fund at El Dorado Savings Banks Bijou branch
Hopefully they will get up a paypal address as well
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