Little Tike Down

Discussion in 'Face Plant' started by rwg65, Mar 16, 2018.

  1. rwg65

    rwg65 Adventurer

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    Trying to raise a little dough for my 10 year old son's friend Cameron. Cameron crashed while riding his KTM and sustained a serious arm injury. It will be a very long recovery for this little guy. He's already endured several surgeries with many more to come. He's a good little dude and I was hoping we could show him a little love from the ADV community. A Go Fund Me page "Care For Cam" has been set up for him by Dean Beauch to help his parents with medical costs. Thank you

    https://www.gofundme.com/cameron-beauchamp

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  2. fprintf

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    Not to pile any stink on a good intentioned thread, but what are the parents thinking letting a child ride a motorcycle without the means to cover any medical bills? It is like riders who choose to ride without enough medical insurance and then putting up GoFundMe to cover their stupid asses. Yes it sucks that this country doesn't just cover these types of injuries like in every other country but don't ride if you can't afford to pay your deductible, in the case of those who do have insurance, or you can't afford to pay the bills if you don't. Walk instead.
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  3. Boxomatic

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    Unfortunately, they might have money for the deductible or bought supplemental coverage to help with it, but even if thats true they're likely still looking at thousands of dollars in other expenses: out-of-network charges, non-formulary drugs, uncovered or unnecessary tests and procedures that the insurance company will decline to pay for. Costs for transport are capped so whatever it took to get the hospital in the first place will set them back. Shit, they might even get push back on the skin graft for being cosmetic. Then there's charges for the hotel the family might be staying in, the time mom and dad are missing from work and not getting paid, the cost of food (hospital food ain't cheap!), etc. You can do everything right, save, be prepared, and our system will still fuck you.
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  4. Dan Alexander

    Dan Alexander nail bender

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    feel sorry for the kid and happy I live in a country where medical bills are covered
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  5. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    I have good insurance and I was/am still out of pocket a tremendous amount of money between deductibles, copays, etc. Max out of pocket and co-pays that don't count towards it are where many of us get screwed.

    Anyhow, I hope Cameron is getting the help he needs.
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  6. psmcd

    psmcd Long timer

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    The older I get, the more thankful I am to have never experienced something like this. May your healing and the reconstruction be the best Cameron!
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  7. NxtGoRnd

    NxtGoRnd This Time Around, Wearing Out Tires

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    Yeah well that is a pile and it stinks! But then self righteousness usually does.
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  8. manfromthestix

    manfromthestix Lost in Space

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    I didn't read that as self-righteous, I read it as pragmatic:

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    There are a lot of things I don't do in my life because I can't afford the consequences (in money, time, potential risk, etc.) of partaking. I'd love to own an airplane and while I could certainly swing the cost of purchasing a good older used Piper Cub or such, I'd be putting my financial health in jeopardy to do so because of all the other consequences associated with owning an airplane (aka the black hole in the sky where all your money goes). Buying the plane is just the first step down a long road of time, effort, and money expenditures that pragmatically I know I can't afford, so I don't go there. Et cetera. We make dozens of pragmatic decisions every day, it's just life.

    BTW, @Boxomatic, welcome to ADVrider; that was some second-ever post! :thumb I have excellent health insurance and as you pointed out it still costs a fortune to get sick or injured in this, one of the richest nations on Earth. I have watched in horror and fascination as The Powers have fought establishing affordable health care for the last several decades. I got another lesson in the reality of what a mess our health care system is in just last night when I had to take my wife to the Emergency Room... $$$.

    I am sorry to hear this young man's ride turned turned out this way and wish him and his family all the best.
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  9. ntgarthok

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    Being honest I think it is a mixture of the two. (Pragmatic and Self-Righteous)
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  10. ntgarthok

    ntgarthok Adventurer

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    Still good to help people out, especially parents with kids. On my way over, electronically, to do so now.
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  11. Boxomatic

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    Thanks @manfromthestix. I read everything... rarely post. But nothing pisses me off like our healthcare system. It has a little something to do with the $47,000 bill that showed up at my parents house five days after my (well-insured) brother died from luekemia.

    Glad that people are contributing to help this family.
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  12. k.mills

    k.mills Lost Again!

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    It is great when the motorcycle community can come together to help out each other - especially a little kid in dire need of help - All things aside - when a tight community of riders can help each other out - that is a great feeling - this kid will remember this for the rest of his life -
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  13. rwg65

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    thank you
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  14. ntgarthok

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    My pleasure.
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  15. zuma

    zuma Been here awhile

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    My wife and I have travelled from one end of the US to the other and loved the place and the people, it's high time we went back, but reading stories such as this (and Boxomatic's) I'm glad I live in Australia. As a unionist in New York said to us referring to wages and health care, "don't ever let Australia get like the US". Australia certainly isn't perfect but, jeeze there should be universal health cover in all developed countries.

    Anyway, sorry to get off topic, all the best Cameron.
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    Uralspaz Bat Boy lives!

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    Pragrightious?
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  17. TheLondonder

    TheLondonder Been here awhile

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    Best of luck to the young rider!

    I must say I agree with @fprintf , though.

    Out of curiosity, what is the legal age to ride in Idaho?
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  18. r60man

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    I started riding when I was 6. My parents would have been in deep doo had there been an injury like this, luckily for me and them, there never was. I hope he heals well.
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  19. jwhuls

    jwhuls Been here awhile

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    I sent Ben to help out. My thoughts are with him.

    this whole country is in jeopardy. Citizens need to be cared for in order to have a strong healthy country.

    Oops, and I already said no CSM today.

    SAD!
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  20. rwg65

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    Thank you!
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