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Saturday, 10 August 2019 05:02

How Bikers Down Support got started Featured

Bikers Down SupportOn Father’s Day, 2016 I got the call no father ever wants to get.

My son and daughter in law had been in a motorcycle accident.  When we arrived at the hospital my son was already on his way to emergency surgery after a Cat scan and his wife was barely conscious.  If she was the least hurt I was terrified for my son!

So began days and nights at his bedside in the ICU unit or in her room while she endured surgery after surgery.  My son went through an amputation of his left lower leg, part of his stomach was removed and a brain injury was discovered all while he was in a 2 month long coma.  That was along with numerous broken bones. He developed pneumonia in his one good lung (the other had been punctured) and wound up on a tracheotomy while in the coma. As days turned to weeks I thought I would go crazy if I did not do something.  So on July 2, I began organizing a benefit motorcycle show for them & 8 days later the show was held at the Brookside Mall in Fredericton, NB.  We had a DJ, donated trophies, many items donated to raffle off, numerous give always, we sold pizza, had a donation jar, 50/50 draw, media coverage by ALL local TV, radio and newspapers MADD had a booth.  Several hundred people attended and we had 21 bikes on display.  We raised approximately $4000.00 and after paying for the pizza nearly $3800.00 was donated directly to my daughter in law while my son was still in the coma.

I started to think I should do this every year make it an annual event to help any injured rider in those first few weeks of a serious injury. As the summer turned to September I decided it would be best to form a non profit organization and began researching with the Government of NB what I had to do.

I was told of Bikers Down Society in Nova Scotia and after making contact with Jimi Swinamer, the founder of BDS in NS, I received consent to form a Bikers Down in New Brunswick.  I then started contacting people I knew that were interested in helping and we formed our Board of Directors. That original Foard of Directors was desolved in July of 2017 but I continue to operate BDS on my own ever searching for dedicated folks to form a new BOD. We now are an actual registered Not for Profit organization operating under New Brunswick business license number 714346129NP0001.

As time passes we wish to expand throughout the Province of New Brunswick through branches that have their own committees and eventually span Canada province by province.

So because of a devastating accident involving two of my most cherished family members, BIKERS DOWN SUPPORT was formed and is striving to help as many other riders as we possibly can during the first 6 – 8 weeks after a serious accident. 

Thank you for your interest in BDS and stay safe!!!

- President & Founder of BIKERS DOWN SUPPORT in New Brunswick, Michael Burden (aka Mickey Gee or Senior)

To find out more about BIKERS DOWN SUPPORT visit their website at http://bikersdownsupport.com or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last modified on Tuesday, 13 August 2019 07:32

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