Filmmaker Riley Poor, veteran of Matchstick Productions, Poorboyz Productions, and Simon Dumont’s personal cinematographer was tragically injured in a pool accident this past weekend.
First, to understand Riley Poor, this is from his Facebook profile:
“Lucky enough to love what I do and wake up every morning excited for what the day will bring. Fortunate enough to be surrounded by amazing friends and a close family. Privileged enough to travel the world chasing deep snow, epic moments, good times and stories that will last a lifetime. I currently live in Boulder Colorado with my amazingly talented girlfriend.”
Here is the press release:
On Saturday January 10, 2009 Riley was involved in an accident that resulted in a spinal cord injury and he needs all your love and support. The accident took place in West Dover, VT and on Sunday morning Riley was transported to the Albany Medical Center in Albany, NY where he underwent surgery.
Riley is on his way to recovery and he has been awake off and on since his surgery (which went great.) The first words he spoke out of surgery were to Katinka. Riley said “I love you” and then tried to give her a hug, she even got a big smile out of him.
He will be facing new challenges as he begins to heal but everyone is staying positive and knows that he is strong. Please think positive thoughts and send all your good energy his way. Tell Riley, whether he is awake or not, that the healing light of the universe is surrounding him and, with every breath entering his body, circulating oyxgen to every injury he sustained and in a natural way, beginning the healing process.
This light is guiding the surgeons that are operating on him and guiding all his support group, nurses, orderlies etc.
Bob, Maria, Travis and Katinka ask that you not send flowers if you would like to make a donation please see the links below. They also want to thank everyone who has reached out offering support, he needs all your love. Riley’s friends and family will be doing updates on Rileypoor.com.
Donations again can be sent to the following locations:
For tax deductible donations please send to the Stand Strong Again organization at Standstrongagain.org. Stand Strong Again is a non-profit organization specifically established to help friends of the action sports community who have fallen to a spinal cord injury.
Direct non-tax deductable donations can either be sent via Pay Pal using the email address email@example.com or directly to Riley at:
P.O. Box 4105
Boulder, CO 80306