Local BMX legend in coma after Dew Tour accident in vert competition

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Denver-based BMX star Jay Eggleston was rendered unconscious during competition at the Dew Tour's Pantech Open in Ocean City on Saturday, and was sent to a nearby trauma center. The Eggleston family has set up a page at CarePages.com to send updates, and announced last night that he was briefly conscious and responded to doctor's commands.

Eggleston's friends and fans -- and all fans of BMX and other action sports -- are being asked to make donations to the Athlete Recovery Fund (ARF), a non-profit organization originally set up "To provide professional athletes in BMX, FMX and Skateboarding with financial support after a severe injury and granting funds for rehabilitation, equipment, long-term disability and educational scholarships" after BMX star Stephen Murray was paralyzed in Dew Tour competition in June 2006.

Eggleston, previously announced as a confirmed X Games BMX Vert competitor for this weekend's event, in what would have been his 12th trip to the big show, lives in Denver with his wife Melissa Eggleston and family. He is a team rider for Denver's Pusher BMX shop and has been a fixture in Colorado's BMX scene for nearly three decades as an original member of the local Lip Lords BMX crew.

Here's more on Eggleston's accident and how you can help, via press release from the Athlete Recovery Fund:

On Saturday July 23rd, while competing in Ocean City, MD at the Pantech Open of the Dew Tour, professional BMX Vert Rider Jay Eggleston crashed and hit the flat bottom of the ramp.

Jay Eggleston is a Colorado native who has ridden BMX Vert professionally for over a decade and is respected world wide as one of the nicest guys who is always hitting the highest airs on any ramp.

As a result of the crash Jay was rendered unconscious. Due to the immediate reaction and care of the onsite medical staff Jay received excellent care. He was immediately transported to the nearest Trauma Center where doctors continue to monitor his progress and work towards healing. As of 11:00 pm PST 7/25/11 Jay still remains unconscious.

The Athlete Recovery Fund (ARF) is working with Melissa Eggleston (his wife) and family to make sure they can be by his side. At this time the ARF has provided a hotel and rental car for Jay's wife and four month old daughter so that all they need to be concerned about is Jay. The ARF will continue to work with the family to assist in understanding the effects of brain injury and share in our education learned from helping others like Mike Aitken (Pro BMX Dirt Jumper) and Adam Taylor (Pro Vert Skater). The ARF looks forward to assisting Jay with his recovery and return to the sport. We look forward to continued progress and will be updating everyone via www.twitter.com/RecoveryFund .

Donations to support the Athlete Recovery Fund can be made at www.athleterecoveryfund.com.

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