The David Francisco Ride for Hope is produced by the non-profit organization Celebrate Overcoming and inspired by the physical and spiritual journey of spinal cord injury survivor David Francisco. In April 2016, in a split second, David’s life changed forever. While the 24-year-old singer/songwriter was riding his bike home from his recording classes at Nashville’s Blackbird Academy, a distracted driver ran a red light and crashed into him at over 30 miles per hour. His head snapped against the roof of the car as his body slammed into the windshield and then was launched over a 100 feet as the car screeched to a halt. His left arm was ripped open and he suffered a severe concussion and broken scapula. The impact immediately fractured his spine and left him with a severe spinal cord injury. The ER surgeon upon examining the scans said it was a complete L1 fracture and he would never walk again.
After a year of intense physical rehabilitation, David has defied the odds and learned to walk, and in June 2017, graduated from The Blackbird Academy. During the Ride For Hope, David plans to ride as many miles as he can on a tandem bike, with his wife Kristi at the helm, to celebrate all that he has overcome.
Kevin Becka, one of David’s instructors, had the idea for the Ride. He saw how the music industry rallied around David to support his recovery, and want to do the same by organizing this charity bicycle ride.
David’s motivation is simple: To give back; to offer hope and encouragement to those suffering; to raise money for charities that helped him during his darkest moments in life, and to prove he is not a victim that will live in defeat.
To learn more about David Francisco
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Inspiring story of Forgiveness
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Shepherd Center Article