Sam Hill, five-time Downhill World Champion, has chosen to donate a signed bike frame for online auction to raise funds for the Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life.
The frame that Sam has donated to the Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life is his 2003 Iron Horse dirt jumper, the same year that he won the Junior World Championships in Lugano, Switzerland, racing for team Iron Horse/Madcatz (Sam Hill, Nathan Rennie, and Jared Graves).
Signed by Sam, the frame features stickers from his sponsors at the time, including Iron Horse, Mad Catz, Troy Lee Designs, Maxxis, and Spy.
Brand: Iron Horse
Dropouts: 135mm QR
Seatpost Dia: 27.2mm
Bottom Bracket: Threaded euro
Brake mounts: Rear IS or V-brake
Please note: being a 2003 frame that has seen the abuse of a teenage Sam Hill, the frame should not be ridden. While the frame has been inspected there are no cracks visible, Sam himself says the frame has seen plenty of abuse.
Sam’s Grandmother Betty had dementia in her later years and she started to become sad and withdrawn. Sam’s mother Jeni, a Spark of Life Master Practitioner, found her knowledge and skills invaluable in supporting Sam’s grandmother. Using the Spark of Life Philosophy, Jeni was able to bring her mother back to her fun and playful self and Betty said, ‘I feel as though something has been unlocked inside of me.’
Sam’s intention is to raise funds so that more people like his grandmother can benefit from this profound and life-changing philosophy to care, the Spark of Life Philosophy.
Sam had a very special connection with his grandmother who lived in the United Kingdom, and he often visited her as a child, enjoying holidays with her and his family. She was an artist who had a fun and playful personality and Sam remembers her as very loving and caring. He simply says, ‘She was awesome.’ Even with dementia, Sam’s grandmother could express how proud she was of him. In 2002, when he won his first Junior Championship at Kaprun in Austria, she was so thrilled she did a painting for him that showed half of the world at the bottom and Sam cycling at the top in his rainbow jersey.
The Dementia Foundation for Spark of Life raises funds for the education in the profound Spark of Life Philosophy that teaches carers and families how to transform the lives of people with dementia, restoring hope and zest for life.BID HERE NOWLearn more about the Dementia Foundation make a donation here