For the past 16 months, Lorraine Truong has been fighting to live with the limitations, daily pain and discomfort from multiple brain injuries sustained while riding and racing her bike. It has changed her life beyond recognition, where even simple tasks are now a huge challenge. She needs our help.
Although Lorraine has received good medical support in Switzerland, there’s no quick fix and knowledge of treatments for brain injuries is still in its early stages. To try to find solutions Lorraine hopes to travel to the USA where more advanced treatments are available, which could help with her recovery. However, treatment like this is not covered by her medical insurance and can be very expensive.
Lorraine's friends want to raise funds to take away the day-to-day worry of these costs for Lorraine and ultimately help to get her life back and hopefully one day to get back on her bike.
They have secured massive support from the industry and many riders to offer every person who donates to Lorraine’s Recovery Fund an opportunity to win some amazing prizes. For every 10€ you donate you will be entered into the prize draw – so the more you give the better your chances of winning one of these amazing prizes.
For those who don’t know Lorraine here is an introduction from multiple world DH and Enduro World Champion Tracy Moseley:“Lorraine Truong burst onto the Enduro World Series race scene in 2013. Her flamboyant style on the bike caught my attention straight away. For someone so small, she could throw her bike around and had a lot more style than most of us girls out there! She just looked good on her bike, maybe not always in control but always having maximum fun!
Lorraine just loved riding her bike, and the freedom and feelings that it gave her. Having come from an XC background, she already had steely determination and mental strength and was quickly making a mark on the Enduro World Series rankings. U23 Swiss XC Champion in 2011 then straight into the top 10 at the first ever EWS race in 2013.
Lorraine continued to improve at Enduro, never finishing out of the top 10 in 2014, and at the same time she was starting to have a go at a few downhill races!
I really got to know Lorraine in 2014 and seeing a real potential in her I wanted to try and help her get onto the EWS podium in 2015. I began to help her with her training and trying to be a good mentor to her. Sadly Lorraine’s love for jumping, going fast and just generally pushing her limits often ended in crashing!
We all know that crashing is part of the game and a risk we take. Normally a bit of time for broken bones to recover and then we are back out there, pushing the limits again and again! Lorraine had quite a number of hits to her head during the last 2/3 years and in July 2015 at an EWS race in France, another blow to the head was one hit too many.
I would love you as the MTB community, to get behind Lorraine and help support her in her journey to recovery…. We need to raise 25'000CHF (23’300€) to pay for her treatment.
We have secured massive support from the industry and many riders to offer every person who donates to Lorraine’s Recovery Fund and opportunity to win some amazing prizes.
Here is how you can help.:
Every 10CHF you donate covers 2 minutes of this life changing treatment and as a thank you, you will get entered into the prize draw – so the more you give, the more treatment for Lorraine and the better your chances of winning one of these amazing prizes...
Together with Lorraine, I would like to thank all the kind donors to the raffle…Good Luck !
For only 10CHF you could win one of many prizes including a BMC Speedfox Trailcrew bike, a Bike Verbier holiday in Switzerland or a day riding with the amazing T-MO in the UK.
As well as the chance to win amazing prizes you will be helping support Lorraine Truong in her journey to recovery and her desire to raise awareness about Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) and concussions.
This is what you can win:
1x Week of holiday in the Swiss Alps with Bikeverbier.com
1x BMC Speedfox Trailcrew full bike (size S), mounted with Team components
1x Day of riding with Tracy Moseley
1x Fox fork 36
1x Pair of DZR Mamba shoes (size of your choice)
1x Pair of DZR Minna shoes (size of your choice)
1x Pair of DZR Jetlag shoes (size of your choice)
1x Pocket Rocket BMC kit (short and jersey)
1x Fizik Monte Saddle
1x Giro Cipher helmet
1x Giro All Mountain helmet
1x Isostar food package
1x entry for the Enduro World Series round in Finale Ligure
1x V8 Equipment FRD 20.1 backpack (teal)
1x V8 Equipment EXP 110.1 travel bag
You may also get the signed jersey of one of these riders:
Sam Hill, Tracy Moseley, Jérôme Clementz, Lewis Buchanan, Greg Callaghan, Jill Kitner, Bernard Kerr, Manon Carpenter, François Bailly-Maître, Ludo May, Nico Vouilloz, Damien Oton, Iago Garay, Bryan Regnier, Anita & Caro Gehrig, Marco Osborne, Anneke Berteen, Rachel Atherton, Casey Brown, Jared Graves, Cécile Ravanel, Rae Morrison, Mark Scott, Katy Winton, Brendan Fairclough, Emilie Siegenthaler, Katy Curd, Justin Leov, Kerstin Kögler, Hannah Barnes, Anka Martin, Steve Peat (signed book and DVD) or from the whole BMC MTB Racing Team.
Also for every one of you who donates 50CHF or over, Lorraine will send you a #myBrainmyRules
t-shirt to help raise awareness and get us talking about Brain Injuries.DONATE HERE
When you donate 100% of what you give goes to Lorraine’s recovery. Every 10CHF you donate covers 2 minutes of functional neurology treatment.
Let’s help relaunch the Pocket Rocket!
You can find out more about Lorraine, her racing career, her journey and her experiences as a brain injured rider on her website: www.lorrainetruong.ch