The Flapjack Fundraiser: Andre Barbieri

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Dear Friends and Flapjacks,

At this point I think everyone has heard about Andre’s horrific snowboarding accident about a week and a half ago.  For those who haven’t, Andre was snowboarding at Mammoth and got into a very bad accident, breaking his femur.  He was airlifted to Reno for emergency treatment, his injury did serious damage to his femoral artery, and there was massive internal bleeding.  We were very close to losing a dear friend.  After a massive effort to stabilize Andre, the doctors were able to save Andre’s life, however his left leg had to be amputated above the knee.

(Andre after surgery)

While the loss of the left leg his very sad, we must remember how close we came to losing Andre altogether, and be thankful he lives to fight another day.  Everyone who knows Andre understands this will likely only be a bump in the road, and his optimism and love of life will carry him through this difficult time.  I envision Andre recovering, rehabbing and getting right back to his active lifestyle, surfing, hiking, etc.

While no one worries about Andre’s optimistic spirit or ability to overcome such a difficult challenge, there is a financial burden which he must endure.  Andre does not have health insurance, and the medical bills for such an operation are enormous.

The outpouring of support thus far has been amazing, and many people have offered their assistance in whichever ways they can.  It really has been an inspiration to see how much love we have for one another, and how willing everyone is to help out a brother in need.  To help Andre raise some money for his medical bills, MOH started a Paypal account, and anyone who has the means in encouraged to donate, every dollar helps.  The email address that donations should be sent to is:

andrebarbieridonations@gmail.com

The main ‘Flapjack Fundraiser’ event is something which is currently being planned for late April, early May in Santa Barbara, CA.  Such an event makes our normal flapjack meetings seem rather unimportant and trite, however this is one event which really matters, and should be attended by all.  Once details are finalized, they will be posted on this site.  Please stay tuned for the details.

“I believe in the brotherhood of all men, but I don’t believe in wasting brotherhood on anyone who doesn’t want to practice it with me. Brotherhood is a two-way street.”
– Malcolm X

(Thats right, Malcolm X. -Fricker)

(Andre’s first walk)

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Athletics
    Mar 24, 2011 @ 13:53:02

    Thanks Frick, great post. Jordache, glad to hear the meeting went well. It’s these type of things, connections, and great people that we can all rely on in a time of need.

  2. Minister of Health & Trade
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 20:27:21

    Thanks to those of you who donated, keep up the great work! I told Andre’s story at my fraternity meeting tonight. The attendance was about 70 and everyone was touched and baffled by his courage and strength. Many people wrote down the address to donate and I received a few cash donations as well which I will deposit into the paypal account.

  3. frickerigno
    Mar 22, 2011 @ 09:26:02

    My wire from Zurich came in this morning, I transferred funds to the Andre recovery fund. Keep the cash coming!!