Help a snowboarder in need

09 May, 2009

Each day pro snowboarders put their lives and bodies on the line especially at competitions.  Superpark just went down in Mammoth and unfortunately injuries also occurred.  Cody is in need of help after his serious injury at Superpark.  


Cody Rosenthal recently broke his L3 vertebrae on day two of Super Park 09. He was flown out of Mammoth Lakes Hospital to Renown Hospital in Reno and is currently in ICU. His surgery takes place May 10, 2009. 

Like most talented snowboarders in this industry, Cody does not have Health Insurance. Any donations anyone can give are deeply appreciated.  Check out his facebook support page to find out more infoand you can donate directly to paypal here.

Update from Facebook:  “If every member of this group donated even just a dollar it would help him out a million! thank you for all your support and prays, he appreciates ever bit of it!”

Cody’s surgery went very very well!!!! He has two metal rods on each side connecting to his L2 and L4 to support and take the pressure off the broken L3 vertebra. It just time for him to heal and keep giving him positive vibes and motivation! thanks again for all the support you all have given him. Also thank you for all the donations so far!

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  1. jimster716
    May 10, 2009

    Don’t know Cody but I hope he gets better soon. I put up a few bucks towards his speedy recovery, I’ll just have to wait a lil bit longer for sour gummy cherry coke bottles. 😀

  2. Shayboarder
    May 10, 2009

    I don’t know him either but I know how much medical bills add up…let alone add in the transportation to get to the hospital…sucks if you don’t have insurance and no backup plan.

    Definitely wish for a speedy recovery for him and hope he’s back on the slopes soon. I donated what money I could right now to help out.

  3. Huckleberry Hart
    May 11, 2009

    Kudos for posting Shay. Cody, heal fast amigo. That Superpark show was pretty damn silly, here was what the organizers were thinking: “Wouldn’t it be cool if we built mini-mountains on the mountains? Some of the snowboarders might accidentally fly off them, and then maybe they would fly into outer space. Wouldn’t that be sweet?”

  4. devin
    May 11, 2009

    I’m sorry, but anyone snowboarding at that level (scratch that- anyone PERIOD) that doesn’t carry health insurance is a fool. I’m glad he’s ok, because i’ve had my fair share of injuries, but to ask other people to pay for someone else’s clear lack of judgement is absurd.

    If I lost health insurance even for a day I would stop riding until it was resolved. I’m still paying my $2500 out of pocket max for my own injury, WITH insurance!

  5. jimster716
    May 11, 2009

    devin is right. But what’s done is done and Cody needs help. I put up a few bucks but he’s still going to be in the hole for a lot more and it’ll be a painful lesson. At the same time, a pro snowboarder may not be insurable without exorbitant premiums and unlike other pro sports, snowboarding isn’t a lucrative career (except for Shaun White probably).

  6. Shayboarder
    May 11, 2009

    Hart…if you get seriously injured without insurance, of course buddy.

    Devin. I definitely see your point, but I wonder how many professional snowboarders are even able to get insurance. I wonder how many insurance companies willingly insure athletes that are not making insane bucks.

    I agree with Jim, what’s done is done. Not every pro rider has insurance and he needs help. I can afford to help out because if I didn’t have insurance and i needed it, I’d appreciate it. It’s entirely up to you to help out and donate.