Jumper: Becki Church

Town: Salt Lake City, Utah

Quote: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

About Becki: I have always been an active person. I love being outside and crave adventure. On August 5, 2016, I was involved in a head-on collision with a bank robber on a high-speed chase running from the police. The robber drove into oncoming traffic and collided with my car at full speed.

The aftermath of the collision.

The aftermath of the collision.

The wreck was horrific, totaling my car. Though I don’t recall any of the accident, I woke up in the hospital that night with my brother by my side. As he unfolded the story for me, I realized I couldn’t move well, and everything was painful…but I had survived the wreck. And though I suffered significant injuries, it could have been so much worse.

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After three days in the hospital, I was discharged to a rehab facility. Here I found out the extent of my injuries. A mild concussion, a broken vertebrae in my neck (C5), broken right scapula, punctured right lung (pneumothorax), fractured sternum, 7 broken ribs (5 on the left, 2 on the right), three broken lumbar wings, and a sprained ankle, along with several severe cuts and bruises.

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With the intensity of my injuries, I was told that it will take several months before I will be completely self-sufficient again, and even longer before I will be back to my normal, active self. It has been frustrating on so many levels. Now that my brain is clear again, it is so hard for me to just have to remain still most of the time as my bones mend. My mind is ready to go on a hike or a run with my dog (by the way, my dog was also in the car–he didn’t have a scratch on him).

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I try hard to see the positive in this, but I do get down at times, even having experienced anger toward the bank robber. The physical therapy for my injuries has been painful, but helpful. But I have realized how I need to make sure my mind gets therapy as well. It’s a struggle sometimes thinking about how long I have until I will be healed. But then I remember where I was a month ago–hardly able to move. I have made so much progress already. I know I have a long way to go, but I know I can–and will–get there.

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My road to recovery will be long, but I am a fighter. As of now, just learning to walk again and do simple everyday tasks on my own have been huge milestones, but my goals are much bigger.

First outing to Target!

First outing to Target!

I plan to get back to hiking, running with my dog, swimming, and backpacking as soon as physically possible. I have made it a goal to run a sprint triathlon by next summer and will be working toward that goal every day. I also want to hike the Na’poli Coast in Kauai on August 5, the day the accident happened. An experience like this humbles a person, but I am not one to give up.