Tara Llanes injured at Jeep KOM Finale

Sep 5, 2007
by Tyler Maine  
Hello Everyone,

As many of you may already know, Tara Llanes crashed racing at the Jeep King of the Mountain finale in Beaver Creek (Vail area), Colorado. Tara was airlifted to Denver Health Hospital where she underwent 7 hours of surgery to correct massive trauma in her lower back. In addition, Tara also has a C-7 fracture, but was deemed stable prior going into surgery.Tara once again made it through another surgery and is now breathing on her own and able to communicate with friends and family. Unfortunately at this time she has no feeling below her waist, a symptom she suffered as a result of her crash.

Tara’s immediate family & friends that are at her side will continue to learn more about her injuries in the upcoming weeks and will continue to keep everyone posted. Since coming out of surgery, Tara, drugged and very happy, has kept in good spirit and has promised not to let this beat her.

Tara's room is so full of gifts and flowers that there is barely enough room for the nurses and doctors. At this time, they ask you save your money for the "Road To Recovery Fund." They are currently setting up a website that will allow for you to send your contributions directly to Tara to cover all medical expenses. Although she is covered under insurance, there will be additional expenses. They are looking into the top rehab facilities to get Tara up and walking again. All donations will go directly toward her rehab such as personal care, various equipment, housing modifications, etc. They were told that their #1 choice of rehab facilities may run up to $2000+ per day!

For all you Southern CA friends, Missy will be organizing an event to raise funds that will cover non-medical expenses such as travel and day to day items for Team Llanes. There will also be opportunities to take photos and write messages to Tara that will be sent over all together. More details to come so stay posted!

Her family & friends ask that you have as much faith as Tara does throughout this difficult period. Please feel free leave a message on Tara’s MySpace page www.myspace.com/mtbtara (you don’t need an account to view her site & photos, but you will need one if you want to post a message. Otherwise you can shoot her an email. If you don’t have it, feel free to drop me a line.

For those that have already left messages, Tara LOVES getting all your messages. Please keep sending them. Her eyes light up when she hears a success story similar to hers so if you have any, please let her know. Her spirits are still so high and her determination is remarkable.

Please keep Tara in your thoughts & prayers.

-J. Dylan Dean
Dylan Dean Designs


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 Hi Sara
from Panama says hello and know you back to the races with more power, We are your fans and every month see the news about you in the magazines blesss, kisses and hugs

"god is a freerider"

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 Through many years, Tara has been a superb ambassador for our sport. my thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family during this difficult time. Tara is a fighter and she will find the strength and courage to get through this. please find some comfort and strength in the thoughts of you from the greater mountainbiking community. we love you and wish you a speedy recovery.
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 Tara, We here in Nashville,Tn. wish you a really quick recovery. I have a niece,who has had a really bad accident in a car. She puntured both lungs,tore her liver,broke several ribs,broke her left ankle, and has several lacerations too her face and head. All she worried about was getting back to school. And getting back on her feet so she can go on with life. You tell the doctors the word" CANNOT "or "WILL NOT " is not in your vocabulary. Show everyone and your self ,you will recover. We at Southern Off Road Bicycle Association will pray for a great recovery. Sincerly Michael"ICEMAN" Underhill
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 hey Tara, my wife and i Wish you a speedy recovery ..
maybe while your recovering you could learn a photo or video editing program ... thats usually what i do when i'm healing... lots of "time" and nothing to do with it.
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 that's awful. Steven murry also got seriously hurt not so long back. but at least being a biker means you're fit and both mentally and physically have the best chance at a decent recovery. good luck.
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 yeah man, 2007 is a year full of injuriesFrown i broke my ankle, a friend of mine broke his ankle and knee, we have reports on pinkbike about at least 2 amateur riders really injured, cedric gracia and steve peat had minor injuries, stephen murray suffered a career ending crash, his friend carter holland is in phisyo and now also carter's friend tara lane got really hurt. man what a year.. on the good side we have jake brown who walked away with a broken wrist from the worst slam of the history of the xsports
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 happy healing! lol your tough, if something like this happened i would be pissed to be out of riding (bet u are to) best wishes and good luck
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 i hope you get feeling back in your legs,being a athelete especialy and getting paralized is something id never wish on someone.good luck on a full recovery we all hope.
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 Hi Tara!!!..hope you come back soon to the dirt, you can do it little warrior. push hard baby!!! best wishes and a fast recovery.
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 So sad to hear this Tara, all my best wishes to you and I sincerely hope you have a full and speedy recovery!!!
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 Best of luck for recovery. Never, never give up. Please know you're in our thoughts.
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 from my whole family in Whiteface, Alpine, Brooklyn and Moab our love and prayers. God's speed Tara.
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 hey it sucks to see u in that hospital good luck in the recovery and hopfully u get back to what u love doing best .
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 hi tarah, i wish you a fast recovery!
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 Damn.. Hope she gets better soon!
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 have a good recovery hope you get beeter soon
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 Take care and heal up fast!!!!!!!!!!
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 good luck to get better quick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 Wishing you a speedy recovery Tara. Hope to see you back on track sooon
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 Best wishes from sweden, and a fast recovery..

// S
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 wow , harsh , atleast shes alright now.

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