Clinging to hope

After accident paralyzed him, GJ motocross rider hopes to walk again

Grand Junction’s Doug Simon soars through the air after taking a jump during a motocross race in Moab, Utah, earlier this year. During a Sports Riders Association of Colorado event on May 13 at Grand Junction Motor Speedway, Simon’s life took an unfortunate turn. An awkwardlanding after a jump resulted in Simon being paralyzed from the chest down.



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Grand Junction’s Doug Simon soars through the air after taking a jump during a motocross race in Moab, Utah, earlier this year. During a Sports Riders Association of Colorado event on May 13 at Grand Junction Motor Speedway, Simon’s life took an unfortunate turn. An awkwardlanding after a jump resulted in Simon being paralyzed from the chest down.

It was a normal jump, an easy one for veteran motocross riders such as Doug Simon, and Simon was having some fun, engaged in a little battle with a buddy during a Sports Riders Association of…




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Nice job on the article. I am Doug’s mother. When I approached him laying on the race track, there were two comments he made, “Sorry to do this on Mother’s Day,” and “Will you take care of my dog?”. That’s Doug!

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