Deiniolen 'Miracle Man' to bike for charity
30 January 2014 |
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Dylan suffered life-changing injuries in a motorcycle accident in June 2012.
THE Miracle Man is showing no signs of letting up.
Dylan Lewis, aged 44, of Deiniolen, suffered life-changing injuries after a motorcycle accident on his way home from work in Llanberis in June 2012.
The collision left the father of four with a broken back, broken legs, broken arms, pelvis, ribs, and a collapsed and punctured lung, forcing doctors to place him in a medically-induced coma for eight weeks as they battled to save his life.
But after a remarkable recovery, Dylan raised £1,300 for the Ysbyty Gwynedd accident and emergency last June as he took part in the gruelling Deiniolen 10k race on crutches.
Now, as he continues his battle to fitness, he is preparing to mark the second anniversary of the crash by cycling the tough 47-mile route of the Etape Eryri in June.
Wife, Sioned Lewis said: “He’s been in some pain, but he’ll never complain. He’s determined to do it.”
“He’ll have to practice to strengthen his muscles, because the last thing he wants is to not be able to do it.
“It would have been nothing for him to cycle for miles before, but now it’s different. I’m just dreading the phone call when he’s out now.
“Everyone is so supportive for him now because everyone knows how important this is to him.”
“He could just sit down all day but he doesn’t want to stay still, he’s not like that.
“The more he does, the faster he’ll recover.”
Dylan is now training hard with the event, with the help of family and friends, who will join him on the challenge.
He is aiming to raise yet more money for the emergency unit, whose initial intervention helped keep him alive.
Dylan’s inspiring fundraising feats last year were also recognised by Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, whose judging panel awarded him with the best fundraiser award at a glitzy ceremony in Denbigh.
Sioned Lewis added: “To me, it was casualty that kept Dylan alive, so it’s why we want to raise money for them.
“Our son, Sion is beside himself that Dylan can take him to rugby.
“It’s just the little things that the kids love, that dad can come to rugby to watch him.
"That’s something we couldn’t imagine happening a year ago.”
To sponsor Dylan’s Etape challenge, visit www.justgiving.com/dylansetapechallenge.
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