From the desk of Tom Webb:


This e-mail came across my desk just minutes ago. All of us who ride dirt bikes understand the big “what if it happens to me?” I don’t know Dale, but my grief and concern are real. I have kids, I moto and as much as I try to retain my sanity when riding, stuff happens. I get it. So if you feel compelled to help out Dale in his time of need, all of us will be the better for it.


Tom Webb

My name is Dale Neely rider # 826. I am a single father of two great and very helpful girls. I was in a VERY serious dirt bike accident at Portland International Raceway on Thursday, August 21, 2008. While racing in the 30 and over intermediate class, I broke my fifth and sixth vertebrae in my back leaving me partially paralyzed from the chest down.  I also broke several ribs and damaged my right eye, however the doctors are saying that my eye will recover with little or no damage. I had surgery on Saturday August 23, 2008 where they put screws and pins in to realign and stabilize my spine and vertebrae.  

My recovery has been going well, and I will be moving to the Rehabilitation Institute of Oregon (RIO), which is operated by Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital & Medical Center in Portland, Oregon sometime this week.  I will be working very hard for a full recovery that may take up to 18 months.  

If you would like to make a donation, we have set up the ‘Dale Neely Recovery Fund’ at all US Bank branches.  Portland International Raceway will also have a donation box at the Thursday night motocross races, to help pay bills and medical expenses, since I will be without pay for several months, any help would be greatly appreciated.

If you would prefer to make a personal donation, or items of support which are also very welcome and appreciated. Feel free to mail to: Dale Neely, PO Box 128, North Plains OR 97133.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and for all the help and support I have already received from my family, friends and the motocross community.  This is one of the many reasons we all love this sport so much.

Thank you,

Dale Neely

Rider # 826

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