GoFundMe started for local skater who suffered brain damage in viral erase video
DENVER – A wave of support for a beloved local skater after a lap goes horribly wrong.
A graphic video shows the moment Brandon Lee, 23, suffered intense injuries. At the Denver Go Skate Day event on Saturday, Lee fell face first, losing consciousness. The accident resulted in brain damage, fractured elbow and wrist, and facial injuries.
âI was just, you know, telling guys let’s take him in the ambulance, like, you know whatever, like, we’re gonna get through this.â Brandon’s friend Nick Power shared his immediate reaction to Denver7. âIt was really scary. because when he hit his head, you know, he was completely unconscious and had seizures.
Brandon’s mother, Alicia Sierra, discovered him at work. “There was something inside, it was never grabbed, it was never hurt like that.”
But, as onlookers attempted to get him into an ambulance, Brandon refused, fearing the medical bills it would cost him.
“He was just trying to get out, he was trying not to get arrested or somethingâ¦ don’t put me in that ambulance.” because I don’t want them to empty me.
Brandon’s mother told us he had a similar accident four years agoâ¦ which cost over $ 80,000. She says it has scared him from the hospital ever since.
âAs soon as I walked in he was just angryâ¦ they were talking about constraints, because he was clearly traumatized,â she said. “All he could think of was, ‘I can’t afford this, I have to go. I can’t afford it, I refuse the service.
Bills from the accident are at least $ 20,000 so far and it will be some time before Brandon can return to work.
But that’s where his fellow skatersâ¦ stepped up.
âThere are so many people out there who just donate small amounts,â Power said.
It only took a day for the GoFundMe page to raise over $ 8,000. As of Friday, there were only a few hundred dollars left to hit half of the $ 20,000 goal.
“It’s crazy how something bad can turn into something beautiful.”
On Sunday, the skating community sells tacos at Arvada Skate Park. All proceeds will go towards paying Brandon’s medical bills. The tacos are just $ 2 each and the event starts at 1 p.m.
If you are interested in donating, click here.