Dan Amberg with his son and dogs

Saturday, May 26th - Kids Friday, May 25th

Non-Profit Donation

In 2018, the Apple Du committee has decided to donate money to Dan Amberg to help him pay for an adaptive bike. Dan was in a dirt bike accident when he was 21 years old. Now at 31, he has a family and a 13 year old son he enjoys being with.

If you would like help Dan out and donate towards the purchase of a new bike for him please go to our Donation page here.

Dan's Story

I was twenty-one years old when I awoke to a doctor telling me that I was in a dirt bike accident and that I shattered my scapula and damaged my spinal cord leaving me a paraplegic. At first, I didn’t know how to react. I was foggy and disoriented from anesthesia and having surgery done on my broken back. Moments later, I realized I couldn’t move my legs anymore and the situation I was now in. The pain alone from the accident was unbearable and the way I felt about my predicament was indescribable. My life was about to change drastically. Fortunately, I was able to accept that reality. While I had my fair share of dark days, I was determined to not let it get the best of me. I knew that times would be tough, but I also knew that it could be worse. I had seen others in the hospital that had gone through much worse and were facing their new reality with a smile on their face. If they could do it, so could I. So, I went through six months of rehabilitation where I had to learn again how to sit up, dress myself, go to the bathroom, etc. Furthermore, I had to learn how to put my trust into a wheelchair as that would be my way of walking from that point on. I was even able to figure out how to hop curbs in my wheel chair and how to transfer from my wheelchair to my bed. Throughout this rehab process, I went through 3 surgeries in the first year and a pressure sore that almost took my life. With my own determined attitude and the tremendous support and encouragement I got from my son, family, and friends, I was able to overcome these obstacles and move forward with a better understanding of life: what is important and who I should spend my time with.

Before my accident, I particularly enjoyed riding dirt bike, but I also loved BMX riding, snowmobiling, and snowboarding. At first, I thought I would never get the chance to ride again but I discovered that there are ways, like hand cycles that will allow me to experience that once more. It would be amazing to be able to go on bike rides with my son and experience that for the first time ever. He was just a toddler when I got into my accident, so I didn’t have the opportunity to enjoy doing that with him. I also would love to go riding with my dogs and my family. I enjoy challenges, so I plan to work hard at using a hand cycle so I that I can even compete in it as a sport.