Randy Savely knows what it’s like to face your worst nightmare. In March 2007, he was riding his motorcycle in Denver and was hit by a car. Due to his extensive injuries, Randy’s left leg was amputated at the knee.
Adding insult to injury, Randy was hit by an underinsured motorist so he was unable to secure a settlement that would cover his medical bills, lost wages and more. (This story is just one more piece of evidence that motorcyclists need to get the best insurance they can afford.)
“That accident changed my whole world,” recalls Randy. “It left me with nothing. I lost my leg, my house, my car… everything.”
Randy Needed Help
At the time of his accident, Randy worked in the construction industry and he was fortunate to have friends who rallied to his side. Those friends staged a big event, which they called The Randy Run, and they raised money to help Randy with his medical bills.
“That experience raised my awareness on what can happen to a rider who goes down,” says Randy. “I was definitely one of those people who thought it couldn’t happen to me. Then, all of a sudden, I lost my leg.”
After that first year, Randy realized that the biker community was staging a lot of little fundraisers every time a biker went down but they raised relatively small sums. He decided to turn Randy Run into an annual event that would raise more money to help more bikers.
Life Goes On…
Randy also shares his inspiring story with riders who are going through the same thing he had faced.
“I have a real strong feeling of what it’s like when you go down,” he says. “I experienced it first-hand. After my leg was taken off, it was six months before I even got a prosthetic leg to walk again. But within a year of my accident, I was back on my bike and doing everything I did before.”
He adds, “After an accident, it’s easy to think your life is over. But I always worked on logic. After my surgery, I sat up the next day and I thought, logically, I lost my leg. But I told my wife, ‘Don’t worry. I will walk and ride again.’”
Randy also used humor to get through the rough times.
“My surgeon said, ‘Randy, you lost your leg.’ I said, ‘I know I was there!’”
Helping Others Face What He Faced
Randy says that he enjoys helping others who may be facing the same nightmare that he once faced.
“I often see guys who’ve been horribly injured or they’ve lost a leg and they meet me and say, ‘If you can do it, then maybe I can do it, too.’ And it’s true,” says Randy. “It’s all in your attitude.”
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