Raffle for Rider & Photographer Colin Meagher - Recently Diagnosed With ALS & Needs Your Help

Dec 17, 2018
by Sarah Moore  




Longtime mountain bike photographer Colin Meagher needs your help. If you’re reading this, odds are you’ve probably been touched by Colin’s work. Colin’s photos have graced the pages of mountain bike magazines and websites around the world, including Pinkbike, for more than two decades now.


Justin Fernandes riding the Hidden Canyon Trail on the Syncline near Bingen WA. Imagery is model released.
Legend Stevie Smith racing the A Line Air DH race held during the 2015 Crankworx festival held in Whistler Bike Park

racing the garbo dh at the 2016 Crankworx festival.
competing in Redbull Rampage final held outside of Virgin UT
Gee Atherton on the 4X track at Houffalize Belgium 2009

Greg Minnaar en route to the win and collecting 8 lbs of mud on his finals run at the 2010 WC in Maribor Slovenia. To get this shot I quite literally lay down in the muck.
Racing the 2016 Crankworx Canadian Open DH race in Whistler Bike Park
Bekah Rottenberg and Nikki Rohan exploring the trails high above Baker City OR Imagery is model released.

Colin Meagher is a rider’s rider. A mentor to a hell of a lot of other photographers. And just an incredibly good guy. Now, Colin also has ALS—a disease that is robbing Colin of his life, his livelihood and, if we don’t pitch in to help with his rapidly-growing medical expenses, his family’s finances.



bigquotesColin's imagery speaks to us because he epitomizes the outdoor lifestyle. He walks, hikes, rides, skis and paddles. He'll shoot any season, any location, any weather, and he'll return with an image that will make you wish you had been there. Get Colin outside with a camera in hand and it won't matter whether he is tucked into the shrubbery behind the tape at a World Cup, exploring a photo opportunity miles from any sensible access, or shooting product 100 yards from his Subaru, he'll be smiling - and he'll probably have found some mushrooms for dinner. The good you see in his photos... that's him.Richard Cunningham

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Colin Meagher hiking up the course for the 2015 Redbull Rampage.

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. There is no cure. Instead, there are mounting medical bills. Colin and his family need help in offsetting those costs. 


A group of us, Colin’s friends and supporters from the bike and outdoor industry, have created a GoFundMe page. Our goal is to raise funds to help with medical costs and many of the other things this disease makes necessary, from home care to necessary devices not available through other means.

We will also donate a percentage of all contributions to www.alsa.org, to help find a cure.

We’re asking you to rally for Colin and help out with a donation.

For every $10 you donate, you get one entry into the raffle. See below for the list of prize packs. For more information, contact Dave Taylor at onemoretime@okaybro.com




Awesome Raffle Prizes:

More than $18,000 in prizes across 18 different opportunities to win.



Most of a New Bike Day - $6800+ value
Pivot Mach 6 Carbon Frame
FSA - Grid Bar, Stem, Cranks, and Wheels
FSA - Flowtron Dropper Post
Maxxis - Minion DHF / Aggressor Tire Combo
FOX – 36 Fork 160mm 27.5
Shimano XT Di2 (Shifter, Chain, Cassette, Derailleur)
Shimano XT Brakes (Lever, Caliper, Rotors)


Good Habit- $5,200+ value
Cannondale Habit 2


California Dreaming - $2500+ value
Marin Gestalt X11
Patagonia Dirt Roamer Short
Patagonia Nine Trails Jersey
Patagonia Nine Trails Pack
Patagonia Performance Crew Socks



DH Upgrade - $4500 value
Trek – Carbon Session 29 Frame/fork – size M
TLD Kit (Full Face Helmet, Jersey, and Pants)



Get Speedy - $4800+ value
Rocky Mountain Carbon Thunderbolt BC Edition Frame
Fox Transfer Dropper Post
SR Suntour Durolux Fork
Maxxis Minion DHF / Aggressor Tire Combo
Race Face Next R Carbon Cranks and Bar
7mesh Callaghan Hoodie & Revo Short



Trail Ready - $1400+ Value
Custom Giro One More for Colin DND Glove
Custom High Above One More for Colin Custom Pack
Giro Montaro Mips Helmet
Giro Terraduro Mid
Giro LS Roust Jersey
Giro Chrono Baselayer
Giro Chrono Expert Bib
Giro Havoc Short
Giro Merino Socks
Nuun Hydration (One Month’s Supply)
Ibis 738 Wheelset
Ibis 738 Wheelset
Ibis Lo-Fi or Hi-Fi Carbon Handlebar
SOG PowerPint, Saw, and Terminus XR



You and the Grom - $600+ value
GT Performer 20.5 and Performer Jr


I'm Faster Than You - $190+ value
Sweater
Sunrise Tee
URL Tee
Trailforks socks
Pinbike hat
2019 Calendar



Inspirational Reading (10 winners) - $55 value
1-year subscription
25th Anniversary book
Bike Mag Socks



The History lesson - Priceless
Santa Cruz Syndicate (2013-2015) book collection


How it works: 



For every $10 donated between 12–17–18 and 11:59pm (PST) of 01–04–19, you’ll get one entry into the raffle. $100 = 10 entries (math, bro)

 The winners will be selected at random. 

Some prize packs are only available to ship to North America. Winners outside of North America will receive the next available prize pack (or pieces of it). All applicable taxes will be the winner’s responsibilities.








125 Comments

  • + 97
 Colin has been a fantastic resource to Marin, helping to hone our visual presence over the past few years. But well beyond that, he is an amazing human, super dedicated, a hard worker, talented, funny, and a great person to spend time with. We've loved every minute working with Colin, and wish that there were more shoots that we could work on with him in the future. But, as others have pointed out, ALS is a brutal and relentless disease, so our shoot with him for the Alpine Trail last April will be the high note that we will go out with him on. Please donate what you can, knowing that it's going to a fantastic human who is dealing with some huge challenges.
  • + 27
 @MarinBikes class.
  • + 4
 I will definitely donate. Pardon my ignorance but where the heck does he live where expenses like that are not covered?
  • + 2
 @rebel12: United States, specifically Oregon I think.
  • + 6
 @c25porter: that is crazy! So if he can't pay the family either goes broke or his health is not looked after?
  • + 10
 @rebel12: Yep! That's the health care system of the richest and most unequal country in the world has. So lucky to live in Europe! From Portugal to Spain, from Germany to Italy and France, everywhere here the healthcare system is public and paid by tax money of every citizen. That is just one of the many amazing rights of the welfare state that communist and socialist activists, movements and politicians won after huge struggles after WWII.
One year ago I spent 12 days in the hospital due to a car accident. Price? Nothing!
  • - 22
flag trialsracer (Dec 17, 2018 at 15:42) (Below Threshold)
 @AchilleNIN: how's europe's financial situation going? You realize that just because something is "paid for by tax payer money" doesn't render it not subject to scarcity or the laws of supply and demand, right?

Our healthcare here is f*cked because of the corporatist system, government red tape and our lack of doctors but abundance of administrators (to deal with all the rules and red tape put into place by the government and the big companies in bed with them), and your system is f*cked as well, even if your surface analysis tells you it's not. Also, the US is not "the richest and most unequal country in the world", you should do a little more research before you make absurd statements. Our poorest of poor live better than billions of people around the world. To top it all off, a place like this is where you can post your cause on the internet and people will donate, because the majority of us are good hearted and generous. So I appreciate your critique, but no thanks.

Lest you forget, capitalism is what raised billions of people out of poverty (and continues to do so). Corrupt governments, wealthy political influencers and all the negative things you associate with "capitalism" are not in fact capitalism. The only reason Europe has had the luxury of such social programs is due to massive creation of value, their extensive empires which brought trade and wealth concentration to Europe at the right time (ie just before the industrial revolution) and then the massive bailout they received after WW2. It's like having a trust fund and pretending that your barista job is funding a jet-setting lifestyle. Y'all are in decline, and that's a fact. Our fake money and clogged bureaucracy in both the US and Europe is bringing that to an end, unfortunately (props to the folks in France for deciding they won't take it any longer.) You want to see the wonders of socialism? Take a vacation to Venezuela.

I feel bad for having to post this under a post for such a great cause, wonderful human and sad situation, but you don't get a pass to talk shit.
  • + 1
 @trialsracer: Just keep printing money and shut up
  • - 2
 @rebel12: you only asked to start controversy. You’re turd burglar.
  • + 1
 @CaliCol: I was never convicted! But seriously I did assume that there is some coverage from the Gov. Or even a private insurer. I did not expect a country to let it's citizens down like that. It's a shocker.
  • + 14
 @trialsracer:

"Our poorest of poor live better than billions of people around the world."

Saying they die of horrible conditions doesn't really put you in a strongpoint internationally, no. Your poor live abandoned on the streets next to billion dollar buildings, a stark reminder of what is and isn't paid for.

I won't grief the medical system, but get the f*ck off your high horse.
  • - 6
flag CaliCol (Dec 17, 2018 at 21:04) (Below Threshold)
 @rebel12: if you read his wife’s post then you would see that she has a government job that provides him with insurance but their are still unpaid bills. I am retired Army and if anything severe was to happen to me I would be very broke for quite a while regardless of my retirement insurance. But don’t play the fool and act ignorant. You wanted to open up a thread about the cruel and messed up US capitalist system and you did. Myself, personally, don’t feel I should have to pay for other people’s healthcare. I believe that healthcare is not the governments responsibility. When I see hundreds of dollars taken out of my current check from my current job I get frustrated because I see welfare recipients here in LA county use their EBT cars everyday for junk food and soda pop but then pull out a wad of cash to pay for beer and cigarettes. I cannot speak for other states but California residents are not let down by their state government. These people make the equivalent of 50k plus on welfare here to include all the illegal aliens. Do your research before commenting on my country and it’s circumstances. I think Canada is full of a bunch of socialist pacifist whites people but I keep that to myself (shit, guess i didn’t). Looking ahead to future comments: yes, war kept mengainfully employed and I don’t regret it. Have a good day.
  • + 2
 @AchilleNIN: Neither system is perfect, and both can be downright catastrophes if they are not managed effectively. Unfortunately more and more of society seems to be going down the line of 'it's one way or the other'. A far better outcome for us all would be for different and competing viewpoints being given equal consideration and judged fairly. However, modern political discourse rarely allows that kind of respectable debate to occur. The goal should be to identify the best idea, regardless of 'which side' proffered it; that requires all involved to accept that while you can't win all the time, at least everyone is better off than they would be otherwise.
  • - 5
flag McNubbin (Dec 18, 2018 at 7:19) (Below Threshold)
 @AchilleNIN: Hey, your welcome! We paid for "your" struggles in WWII with our blood.
  • + 4
 @McNubbin Know what the first W in WWII means? It means everyone paid in blood because everyone was involved.

The moral high ground some people here think they hold is honestly disgusting. Can we stop the social pissing contest?
  • - 7
flag SlodownU (Dec 18, 2018 at 10:36) (Below Threshold)
 @sherbet: Yea, and what language would you all be speaking if it wasn't for us?
  • + 5
 @SlodownU: I'm not getting into a pissing contest with you in the comment section for someone who has been diagnosed with ALS and is asking for help. Frankly; f*ck off.
  • + 5
 @SlodownU: uhm... I think he's Canadian, so... English? possibly French?
  • + 3
 @c25porter: Thanks for the info BTW. Despite the comment below I was genuinly curious. Made my donation. Hopefully they reach their goal.
  • + 60
 YO! PB'ers, thanks for donating. I'm one of Colin's good friends. It's been brutal watching your riding buddy go from shredding down rowdy lines with a 30lb pack full of photo gear to barely being able to hold onto the bars. Everyone in our riding crew has helped pull off wet gloves from cold not functioning hands or buttoned his riding shorts. ALS is no joke. So go ride with your friends, even when you don't feel like it or the weather is shit. You don't know when the last ride will be.
  • + 7
 Fuck yeah, DT. Thanks for putting this together. Lemme know if I can do anything up this way.
  • + 53
 Colin has been Giro's most trusted bike photographer for nearly a decade. Some of the most memorable imagery that we've used came from Colin's talented eye. He is also a great friend to about a dozen of us here at Giro and we all have our share of Colin stories.

Because Colin means so much to so many of us here at Giro, we're planning on a few other fund raising efforts with Dave Taylor. In the meantime Giro will donate a pair of the custom "One More Time for Colin" gloves (shown above) to the first 100 people that donated on this Go Fund Me. It's not a marketing move for Giro as much as a way for Colin's friends/family/fans to visibly show their support.

Thank you to Dave Taylor for organizing all of these brands into a meaningful fundraiser.
  • + 6
 Props Giro. Putting people first!
  • + 5
 Very cool, Giro with the gloves going out to the first 100 to donate - looks like 611 donations so far!
  • + 44
 This is sad, and I wish Colin and family and friends peace and healing.
Now then: a close friend of our family died af ALS a couple of years ago. It’s chronic and relentless and has no cure. This is not a disease that a “rainy day fund” will pay for. It’s terminal and long term. Some people think bike photogs make a lot of money I guess, but sadly that just isn’t true. ALS and most chronic diseases requiring extensive home care will bankrupt most Americans. So take your opinions about “irresponsible people who didn’t save” and shove them wherever you keep your black hearts.
  • + 43
 Colin, I've always appreciated your style, using nature's beauty to tell your stories. I'm stoked to give back to you and your family.
  • + 41
 Such an incredible photographer. These kinds of diseases are horrible, time to rally some positivity for Colin.
  • + 30
 While the US system may not be ideal, to me its simple:

Its a dude, who needs help, who is part of a community who are really good at helping their own, its a small amount of money to potentially win a bunch of stuff.....and its Christmas....so in all the excess and shiny bike bits, many of us can afford the small amount to make a big difference to someones life.
  • + 6
 Yup.
  • + 25
 i'm more than happy to donate for a photography legend like Colin, as i just did. that said, USA really need to sort their healthcare shit together...i find it absurd that people go bankrupt for a few broken bones or risk to die because they can't pay their cures...
  • + 21
 Hey, taxation is theft Bruccio! Why should hardworking Americans have to pay to look after those who contribute nothing? Oh...

It's sad that these are the questions that popped into our minds when we read about this man's plight, but this is the world's richest country we're talking about here, one that is only too happy to pat itself on the back for what it has become. This is the elephant in the room.
This is so the wrong place to talk about this, but nothing exists in a vacuum.
  • + 21
 @BenPea: you sound like the politicians here in the US who like to ignore this problem. This is exactly time right time to my all about this problem. You have a story about a hard working guy who’s family may now go bankrupt all because he was one of the very unlucky ones to get this disease. The very idea that anyone could go bankrupt because of an injury or disease they had no control over is an embarrassment to our country. But here we are, will no solution in sight.
  • + 4
 @sino428: I agree 100%, that's the very point I'm making. If those close to Colin are happy for this conversation to take place under this article (which is an appeal for help, not for regime change in the US), then that's cool. It was just that little element of doubt that gave me pause for thought. Ultimately you're right, because the big picture is an ugly one.
  • + 6
 @BenPea @sino428 i didn't mean any disrespect toward Colin and his family, but i was discussing just yesterday with a friend that now lives in the US about the recent ACL surgery he got, for which he had to pay 7000 dollahs by himself because insurance wasn't covering 100% of the costs for whatever reason. And i was thinking that with all the broken bones and visits i had in the past 6,7 years (since i started MTB), i would be homeless now. No intention on jumping on the US Hate Wagon (i actually freaking loved it all the times i was in the bald eagle nation, especially LA), just a good measure of disbelief. But it's a sensation i feel often lately, considering the political situation also in Europe...but this is another story, for another time...
  • + 6
 @Bruccio: fully with you on this, I was close to being the first to make the same type of comment but I chickened out... My friend broke his collarbone in Finale a few years ago (first run of the first day, needless to say he was a little annoyed), we took him to the ospedale and he was back with us in the evening, all patched up free of charge, despite being from another country. And Europe is held up by many Stateside as an illustration of civilization collapsing...
Anyway, I'm going to donate to make up for helping to "hijack" this story...
  • - 47
flag SlodownU (Dec 17, 2018 at 5:28) (Below Threshold)
 Hey dickheads, I know you all have the solution to the entire worlds problems, and love to pile on the US hate any opportunity you get, but this really isn’t the time. Instead, why don’t you just be thankful that your healthy and go have your circle-jerk somewhere else?
  • + 16
 @SlodownU: *you're
  • - 29
flag SlodownU (Dec 17, 2018 at 6:42) (Below Threshold)
 @Bruccio: Wow, "you're" really clever. You must be a lot of fun at parties.
  • + 4
 In the sailing community they say the worst place in the world to get injured or sick is the U.S. The health care costs are astronomical compared to most of the world while the quality of care is not astronomically better. It might be worth to go to another country and pay cash. Most of the time it ends up being cheaper than what ever your "co-pay" insurance would charge you.
  • + 17
 @Bruccio: Just because you rightfully trash the US healthcare system doesn't mean you are on the "US Hate wagon". I was born ans raised here in the US and I love my country. I think its the best in the world. But that doesn't mean that its perfect, and that we can't point out its flaws, and look for ways to fix them and make it an even better place. The people that give you shit about comments like these are the problem. They are the ones usually so blinded by the flag that they can't look inward and realize that there are flaws. They are the people that make it near impossible to enact any kind meaningful change here.
  • + 3
 @Boardlife69: just after high school I had a friend who was a US citizen but had grown up in Ecuador. When he needed some expensive procedure done he flew to Ecuador, paid the couple hundred bucks for what he considered better medical care, and took a two week vacation, all for less than the cost of the procedure alone here in the States.
  • - 16
flag nvranka (Dec 17, 2018 at 8:35) (Below Threshold)
 lmao the circle jerk of ignorance continues
  • + 13
 @SlodownU: it is not like we bash on country, but here is your first world country where you go bankrupt if you get some disease, or crash badly with bike, etc,... Even if you are regular hardworking Joe, you have to pay tremendous amount of money just to get healthy again. When americans bash against third world countries, like Yemen, Iraq, Sudan, Nigera, Ethiopia you must remember healthcare wise you are basically in the same range as thoose countries you americans like to call "s***hole on earth", when it comes to hardworking regular Joe getting some nasty disease and having mortage for college education of his kids. This is the point I believe @Bruccio wanted to make
  • + 2
 @Boardlife69: There are levels to the US healthcare insurance game. We all have different packages. Mine happens to be killer - not bragging, it just came with the job - which isn't the most killer job out there, but I have family to look after.
  • + 9
 @endlessblockades: Your comment hits on an issue that most people overlook, in how we treat healthcare and an employment "benefit". By tying healthcare so heavily into our employment it essentially holds many workers hostage. Like you say your job isn't the best, but you are tied to it because of healthcare. We here in the US love to talk about the dream. The dream of how anyone can make it here. How people have started with nothing and build million dollar businesses etc. The dream of the self made success story.

But the reality is that for most people they could not do that even if they wanted to because of Healthcare. The guy working a regular job who might want to quit and start his own business simply cannot do so because they cannot give up the healthcare benefits they have through and employer.
  • + 9
 @BenPea: Too many USAmericans fail to realize that they do not earn their own success. For every perceived accomplishment there are more factors outside of one's control contributing to one's success than there are within one's control. This applies as much to individuals as it does to corporations and the nation as a whole.
  • + 41
 @endlessblockades: I am Colin's wife. I hold down a government job and have pretty good healthcare coverage for him and our family. However, even with good healthcare our out-of-pocket expenses each year are in the 10K range without including drugs/meds that are not covered and the fact that my husband can no longer work. Its a constant back and forth game of getting approval for tests and meds with random bills showing that you think are covered. On top of that, I have to work to keep our healthcare, and will eventually need to pay for someone to come help take care of Colin. Since the disease started in his hands, daily tasks like going to the bathroom, feeding himself, will require an extra set of hands. Insurance does not cover any portion of that care. There are other costs like modifications to our home for wheelchair access, and equipment for communication that are not covered by insurance. So yes, having good health coverage is just the start. We appreciate all the support from the industry and our friends to help us fight this battle.
  • - 29
flag SlodownU (Dec 17, 2018 at 9:37) (Below Threshold)
 @sino428: Horseshit. You control your life, and your destiny. If you don't like your job, then do something to change it. Become more educated, work harder, study harder, take control. If you're a do'er, there's always a way. If you want to start your own business, there's also a way. The reason some people gambled and built a million dollar business is because they had balls.

All you people do is make excuses for yourselves, blame others for your own laziness, its pathetic really. I'm done with this conversation, and will be taking my hard-earned dollars that I bust my ass for and donating to this dudes cause, because getting sick sucks, no matter where you live, and he's one of us (a rider).
  • + 14
 @SlodownU: Congrats, you've completely bought into the bullshit. You are part of the problem and you don;t even realize it.
  • + 1
 @sino428: I love my job, actually. I'm just not an archeologist like I want to be.
  • + 0
 @nkrohan: That's why i donated! I also work for the 'government (K-12 education). My comment was only directed at our ex-pat Swiss friend who seemed to paint the 'US Healthcare system' with a broad brush - as if it is a single-headed monolith. I sincerely wish nothing but the best for you and your family and i hope the PB community steps up!!!!
  • - 17
flag nvranka (Dec 17, 2018 at 10:25) (Below Threshold)
 @SlodownU: just ignore these plebs man...it’s been clear for a while that the community here is full of we-want cucks.

Bunch of losers complaining that a member of the riding community that actually adds value is receiving support from the industry.

If you want people to give a f*ck about your illnesses or shortcomings, you may want to go out there and accomplish something. I don’t know who Colin is, but it appears based on the support he’s receiving, he must have been well liked and a real contributor.

You reap what you sow. If you don’t like it, leave.
  • + 17
 @SlodownU:
People like you always pretend you only get what you deserve, but this is not the way life works.

If a guy is stupid and/or physically disabled, how much do you think he controls his life ?

I live in Europe so basically, even if I become homeless, I will stay healthier than 80% of the working USamericans. How is that fair ? Should I blame your laziness because you did not make the effort to become French?

Do you think a NYC MD that works 60h a week deserve a better healthcare than a random redneck working in the middle of nowhere ? Why ? Is one more human than the other ?

Now think about it : Paul Bas, Colin Meager, and many others, need(ed) people to give them money so they can pay their medical bills.

In what world is that normal, that people from all around the world have to pay for some Americans medical bills because their healthcare is shit?
  • + 5
 @zede: Yea all the people on this site I'm sure have enjoyed Colin's photos over the years. All we see in the comments here is home there should be more bike coverage, more WC coverage, etc. But then when a guy who dedicated his life to doing that falls ill, people say if he wanted better health insurance he should have gotten a better job. I'm sure people will step up and help here because the bike community is generous, but it shouldn't need to be that way. People want the services that certain professions provide, but then scoff when we don't deem those services of the same value as others. A waitress, restaurant worker, maid, janitor etc demands a simple living wage and basic health benefits, for some reason we say screw that, why should they make $15 an hour. But we have no problem relying on what they do every day.
  • + 3
 @nkrohan: my family prayers for your husband and your family, may the Lord give you strength and courage to help that one you chose to be with for the rest of your life. @ pinkbike comunity...sometimes is good to talk about politics and enriched our minds with new idias, but if we all use that energy to think for a minute on the healt of Colin...i am shure all that energy will make good on him. It an universal wish to love, to care, to have some one...theres a family in the need of a healty father. I dont think he cares now for your impresion on a demagogue system, he need all our support. There's mountains to be pictured, hugs to give, kids that need to be teach on how to make the perfect pancake...smiles to give, a talented eye to show us the world that we can not reach.
At this moment i dont care whos wrong or right abouth a medical plan...theres a family that has been hit by a terrible condition, and they need our suport.
Grown up, pay respect to the one that had make you dream on go and ride around the world. We waste a lot of money on an indutry that is getting as rich as the medical industry...how many tires we try las year, gloves, shocks,brake pads,grips,saddles? None of them less than 30.00 usd...go donate the value of those grips that you trow away because of the color...or zise or any other stupid reason...Help this family, and pray to what ever you believe...God, Buddha, Muhammad, Quetzalcoatl, the Virgins, Fidel Castro...the universe or the earth!! Just take a minute and pray for this family...
  • - 8
flag SlodownU (Dec 17, 2018 at 12:24) (Below Threshold)
 @sino428: Ugh no, my family and I are immigrants who came here with nothing. Unlike you and your lazy and entitled ilk, I worked hard, made my own success, and now enjoy my "Dentist" life-style. I didn't need to suck off the government teat or need anyone to hand me anything. So go F' yourself.
  • - 12
flag SlodownU (Dec 17, 2018 at 12:27) (Below Threshold)
 @zede: No one is forcing you to give anything, and in the end, we all get what we deserve whether we want it or not, that is how life works. I choose to donate because because this sport is awesome, and a fellow rider is asking for help. Have fun living your homeless lifestyle.
  • + 16
 @SlodownU: Learn a little bit about socio-econonic privilege in this country. Seems a little success in life turned you into a complete d-bag. You are the exception to the norm and completely naive to think that anyone who simply works hard enough will have the same doors open up for them, which still makes you part of the problem.

BTW, If you want to discuss an issue, discuss it. But don't pretend to know shit about me personally.
  • - 5
flag SlodownU (Dec 18, 2018 at 7:16) (Below Threshold)
 @sino428: I'm definitely not the exception, I don't know of any lazy person who's achieved any modicum of success. Yes if you work hard, doors will open, but keep being a lazy f*ck, see where that gets you. I work with and see lazy shit-stains like you all day long. Just because you show up and do mediocre work, you feel that you "deserve" a raise or promotion. People like you are the problem, whining and bitching instead of doing. Pretty pathetic. You can always move to some socialist European country though, suck off the government teat, and pretend to know the solution to all the worlds problems, despite the fact that your country was built off of hundreds of years of imperialist repression. Go ahead, I'll pay for your one-way ticket.
  • - 1
 @SlodownU: Don't even waste your time with these kids, their parents pay for everything for them.
  • + 2
 @SlodownU: Again, you don't know shit about me personally. If you'd like to know, send me a private message. I'd be happy to meet up for a ride somewhere in north jersey and have a real discussion with you. I'm not interested in acting like a tough guy behind a keyboard.
  • + 4
 @nkrohan: I appreciate the difficult situation you guys are in and wish you all the best. A meager donation on my part has just been contributed and I wish Colin the best in his ordeal.

He combines 3 things I love in his work, Nature, Mountain Cycling and Photography and I appreciate all of them. I would hope that he would be able to return to doing what he loves and is good at but I understand that this is a wish for a miracle but wish away I do. All the best to you and your friends and family in these difficult times.
  • - 6
flag nvranka (Dec 18, 2018 at 10:39) (Below Threshold)
 @sino428: why would any legitimate producer want to meet you?

And I disagree...I have a pretty good snapshot of who you are simply based on the drivel you’ve been spewing.
  • + 3
 @endlessblockades: You touch on what a lot in my circles say is the biggest block to increased entrepreneurship and start-ups: healthcare insurance is so tightly tied to having a job that people are really afraid to go out on their own and risk getting sick without coverage. When we hire US-based employees any tax or salary savings is just about equal to what we end up paying in health plan premiums.

Anyway, just another aspect of a really complex problem. It's weird how two of the most extreme approaches, Canada & USA are right next to each other. It would be nice if we could experiment with some combination of what appears to work from each, but not sure how politically attractive that is to anybody in power...
  • + 22
 Already donated, but donated again. Great to see the community come together. I’m also ashamed every time I see a healthcare-cost-related Gofundme. It’s ****ing insane that anyone needs a Gofundme to pay for health care. At least our Canadian friends understand this basic rule. Hopefully someday the US can catch up.
  • + 9
 Agreed. I'd like to say it's mind boggling that we can't fix our system, but frankly, it is NOT mind boggling. The fact is, our healthcare system makes a lot of people really rich, and those people have a ton of lobbyists ensuring that nothing gets changed. I was a DC minion for a short stint (although in defense, not healthcare), and saw how it works. Until ordinary people get lobbyists, we are going to live with the system we have.
  • + 9
 @pinhead907: you’re 100% right. That’s been my experience on the policy side as well. I know people on here love to envision me as a fancy rich elitist but MDs are getting crushed just as bad. I suppose that’s what happens when insurers write all the laws and Congress rubber stamps them. The best answer medically, fiscally, ethically, and morally is a single payer universal system but you absolutely nailed why that isn’t happening.
  • + 22
 I'm sorry but I don't get it... There are probably parts of the story I don't know, so throw this opinion to garbage if I'm speculating in a wrong direction here.

But... Someone is sick and donations are what can help him get adequate medical support? What about all the people suffering the same, but whose jobs haven't made them known to so many people? Is this in the US, what's wrong with the system?
This is so unfair, people in good situation are always more likely to get more help.

Obviously, I respect everyone who wants to help.
But I also hope that everyone who helps Colin Meagher also tries to change this system where the forgotten get no help
  • + 35
 In the european union such expenses are widely covered by health insurance we all have over here. Doesn't exist in the US because people think it is communism....(that's polemic, i'm aware of that)

Best wishes to Colin and his loved ones! Keep fighting!
  • + 22
 I wouldn't think so deeply about it - a long term PB photographer and friend gets ill, and can't afford all the treatment (etc) to manage it the best he can. PB/his friends try to help, just as anyone might if it was their friend...

Also, don't forget that Colin has had a job that will never make him rich (as much as we all think the lifestyle is great), and that ALS looks like it might affect his source of income (although I'm no expert and might be wrong on this, but it reads this way). Just as we praise manufacturers for not abandoning injured riders, it is a good thing that people are given the option to help out Colin...

Nobody is saying the situation isn't bad for everyone else, but when a problem is thrust in your face it is natural to look at what is in front of you. They are donating to research to help everyone else as well...

Plus that picture with the berms is banging!
  • + 8
 As much as I agree with your outcry about the healthcare system, it's just a different thing.

The healthcare situation is a political problem and can be adressed with electing the right people.
The other is a specific problem of one person, being adressed by the community surrounding that person.

It may be a bit of a stretch but I think it's very similar to the issue of migration we are facing at the moment. Helping refugees is not solving the cause of the problem itself, but compassion and solidarity tells us to help people who are in need and fearing for their lives.

Also let's be frank: we as countries in general and we as mountainbikers in particular (talking about spending mid to high 4-digit amounts on items to use in our leisure time) are a wealthy lot, compared to 95% of people on the planet. Spending some money on the less fortunate (whether it's someone with a medical condition or refugees) won't kill us, it won't even hurt us.
  • + 10
 You can't support everyone, can you? But clearly you can support your friends, you should want to look after your friends, and I suspect that's what PB is doing here.

If your own friend got sick, would you look at him and and say this crap? "Sorry brother, but you are pretty well off (forget the fact many drugs can reach into the hundreds of thousands a year), and why should I help you verus anyone else? If I give to you I need to give to everyone". What rubbish. We do what we can, and this guy is fortunate to have PB on his side.

Even in places with the best of tax payer funded Medicare, like Canada, often times for many illnesses life sustaining drugs may not be fully covered of covered at all.

I hope Colin gets all the best help and support thats available. Props to PB for looking out for their brother.
  • + 7
 @slimboyjim: ALS will certainly affect his source of incme you're right. ALS is a degenerative disease = it won't just affect his job, but his everything. Walking, talking, any fine motor skills. Think about that everyone who has a negative opinion about this. Everything ends up affected.

Read this -

alsnewstoday.com/stages-of-als
  • + 1
 Think globally - act locally...
Arguably, Colin is one of our own and supporting a friend in need is something I would like to think we all would do.

Of course, we can ALL donate to ALS research (I have) as it is likely that Colin isn't the only person that many of us know (besides other friends and relatives) who can benefit.
  • - 2
 @Mocope: Because it is socialism (communism is an exaggeration, but not too much). You live in a country where it takes special permission and 5-days of training to get a trout fishing license. Your government censors nunchucks out of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles rebroadcasts because its considered a deadly weapon. You make great cars, but they’re actually much cheaper for us because of the taxes you have to pay on them. You also make some really sweet guns, too bad you can’t own most of them
  • + 5
 @SlodownU: I'll take publicly funded health care over really sweet guns, 365 days a year.
  • + 4
 @SlodownU: even if that means poor Michaelangelo has to swing around a double ended dildo.
  • + 16
 Thank you to everyone who has already donated and, to everyone else, I hope you can see it in your hearts to help Colin and his family. I've been privileged to work with Colin and call him a friend. He is absolutely one of the best people on planet earth. Your help is greatly appreciated.
  • + 8
 Having family with ALS I know how debilitating this disease can be. The most painful part is that regardless of where you are and what healthcare you have you will likely not get proper long term treatment as there is almost nothing you can really do except treat the symptoms and slow progression through two major drugs, each with strong side-effects. Colin's family really will need all the help they can get and I'm glad that the community can get together to help them. All I can say to them is to stay strong, that's how we keep going, and to live every day how you want, not how society says you should live. When you stop doing what you love its only the disease that wins. Much love to y'all for helping them out!
  • + 7
 Stay strong Colin. Just donated and will keep you + your family in prayer.

Also glad PinkBike supports more than just 'latest cool stuff' and has a strong social / philanthropic aspect. I'd like to think that communities that form around common passions like MTB'ing can share some humanity too. Keep it up @RichardCunningham and the crew.
  • + 1
 People first. Props our brother!
  • + 9
 I lost my father because of ALS two years ago. Courage an strength to Colin and his family.
  • + 6
 Please participate! The level of visual stoke Colin has contributed over the years, from images where photo credit was given in countless magazines, websites and social, to branded advertisements, catalogs and trade show displays has been part of our sports foundation. His skill behind the lens is second to none and hit contribution and impact to our sport is considerable.
  • + 9
 Donated, but I would be happy to purchase a photo as well?
  • + 9
 Thanks for donating! We're working on doing some events to auction some of Colin's photos as well as some of the other a-level mtb shooters.

Maybe we should just do a run of 100 or so prints to sell. What kind of image would you dig? World cup? Rad riding shot? Rampage?

Feel free to shoot me a note onemoretime@okaybro.com
  • + 2
 @okaybro: I wonder if some of the subjects of his photos might be interested in scribbling a Sharpie onto a few select images as an option. Lotta talent here in the NW, could be feasible without a lot of shipping and logistics.
  • + 8
 Guy is fucking legend! Get out your wallets and give a brother some love!
  • + 3
 Good cause it seems for a great guy. I went to make a donation on go fund me. On the confirm page I tried to confirm and was stuck on that screen like 8 times. So I either donated 8 x $20, or I donated $0? ... I’m familiar with go fund me but don’t remember that issue in the past? I suppose I’ll get email confirmation if the donation went through?
  • + 2
 Ya, I got an email confirmation, and it's already showing up on my CC. So if you didn't get an email, I doubt it went through.
  • + 1
 @pinhead907: I better check. I didn't get an email confirmation? Kinda wish it had a PayPal option instead
  • + 2
 Hey G
I'm managing the fundraiser shoot me a note at onemoretime@gmail.com and I'll take a look and see what you donated.

Dave
  • + 3
 @mrtoodles: Hey Trent I'm managing the fundraiser, shoot me a note onemoretime@okaybro.com and I'll check on your name and see if your donation went through.
  • + 2
 @okaybro: Cheers. Shows as pending on my CC but no receipt email or anything.
  • + 2
 I listened to his interview with Shawn Spomer on Vital MTB's Inside Line podcast. Such a rad brave dude. His situation is unimaginable. Wishing Colin and his family all the very best at such a difficult time. Donated. Peace to you.
  • + 2
 Colin, you've always been a straight shooting and pleasant person to speak with. It's been, oh, twenty years since I last saw you. I think at the time you were still in your early career. Wishing all the best to you and your family. A big props to the community, including Pinkbike for putting this together for one of our own.
  • + 3
 F*ck ALS. I have a family friend who recently passed and a co-worker who has lost a husband and other family to a genetically pre-disposed form of the disease. Such a horrible thing to have to watch happen to a person.
  • + 3
 Hope my little bit helps. A friend of the family had ALS and lived a relatively high quality life for quite a long time after the diagnosis. Hope it goes that well and even better for you, Colin.
  • + 1
 I'm really sad to read this bad news about Colin. I don't know him really, but I remember seeing him behind the tapes during World Cup races and shooting close to him years ago, behind a tree or lying down on the dirt to take the shot. He seemed always 100% dedicated running from one spot to another with his big camera backpack to find the best angles possible and be there at the right time. Sounds like ALS can't be cured for the moment, but I'm sure he can still feel better reading positive messages from the MTB community. Sending you good vibes from France mate!
  • + 2
 I wish i could use Paypal...second time in 2 days that I couldnt help cause i dont own a Credit Card. Dammit! I will have to ask for a friends Card...i wish you all the best Colin!
  • + 1
 Props brother across the pond!
  • + 4
 I'm Faster Than You! Love that category name. #IFHT How bout them 2-niners now? Eh?
  • + 1
 darn man. just donated. Colin if you're reading this (and everyone else for that matter) I don't know much about ALS but I am about 6 weeks into a stage II testicular cancer diagnosis and I've been doing a lot of homework about health and healing in general and want to share some positivity and info... Again, we've never met, and I don't know much about ALS so I don't want to seem annoyingly optimistic or bossy, but just need to share this and hope it has a positive impact on you and everyone else reading this.

first off, I'd recommend seeking out and finding an 'integrative medicine' doctor. These are real MD's but they won't hesitate to throw everything including the kitchen sink at the situation including spiritual, visualization, meditation, music, laughter, energy, osteopathy, affirmations, eastern Ayurvedic and chinese herbal remedies, etc... (remember Truth is bigger than proof. And western MD's are limited to double blind placebo controlled "proof" which is extremely limiting)

stay away from any doctor that tells you your situation is not curable, or at least that you can't successfully and happily manage the deal for as long as u need to. Keep making long term plans for all the stuff you're gonna do in this lifetime.

Hit the internet and youtube and start absorbing stories of spontaneous reversal of the condition. It's of course not "spontaneous" these people accomplished it with positivity and typically 'alternative' approaches. But to western medicine they call it "spontaneous" because the mechanism is not understood.

For a crash course in integrative medicine read "Spontaneous Healing" by Dr. Andrew Weil.
  • + 5
 I would have donated without the raffle - and I did.
  • + 1
 I lost my father to ALS... Horrible disease. Went from sportive and active to paralyzed and gone in a year... You wouldn't wish this to anybody... And there is nothing the medical world can do about this yet...
  • + 2
 Yeah pretty wild. Cannabis compounds have shown to improve efficacy of some chemo treatments since it slows down the internal cellular process that pushes chemo back outside the body (I believe that's what I read) while seemingly lessening its negative side effects. No wonder its illegal alot of places. Look forward to scientists finally being able to research it and use the positives of it past me just getting stoned in my van before riding
  • + 5
 done!
  • + 1
 I'm proud to count Colin a friend and it just feels so surreal that this raffle even has to take place. But it is incredible and uplifting to see the donations accumulate in such a short period of time.
  • + 3
 Listen to Colin on the Vital MTB podcast. Hard not to tear up.
  • + 1
 "Some prize packs are only available to ship to North America."

Could you please tell a bit more, which and why?
  • + 3
 There's a large expense in shipping abroad. Some of our sponsors can easily pull product from Euro distributors, others can't. At the time of launching the fundraiser, we hadn't heard who was game for what so had to be a little vague about it.

If you have an other questions feel free to reach out onemoretime@okaybro.com
  • + 2
 Donated, really love all of his photos. Hope it helps.
  • + 1
 Great pic Colin , good luck buddy
  • + 1
 Best regards and some great work! I'll help!
  • + 1
 FUERZA HERMANO!!!!
  • + 0
 Hope he gets better!
  • + 2
 Just for the sake of transparency, there is currently no cure for ALS. It's a cruel thing to see the effects of this debilitating disease on our friend.
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