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Online Auction to Benefit Tara Llanes

Published April 9, 2008

BOSTON, MA (BRAIN)—, an action sports social networking and online video share site, is partnering with BMX pro rider Tara Llanes in hosting an online auction to help raise funds towards Llanes' growing medical costs.

The auction begins April 25 at 5 p.m. (EST) with the bidding ending on May 9 at 5 p.m. (EST). The auction takes place at

Llanes was seriously injured on September 1, 2007 while racing at the Jeep KOM Finals. At the present time she is paralyzed from the waist down. She has been working intensely at physical therapy and has very high hopes that not only will she walk again, but ride again too.

Llanes raced on the professional mountain bike circuit for 14 years and won a total of 4 National Championships. She made many friends while competing in both the U.S. and the European World Cup Circuit, and they have rallied behind her during her road to recovery.

The online auction will feature some of the most sought after items in the sport today, including:

• Eric Carter’s 2006 National Championship 4x bike
• Steve Peat’s signed replica Troy Lee Designs helmet
• Tracy Moseley’s UCI leaders jersey
• Adam Craig’s signed XC jersey
• And more items from Shaun Palmer, Leigh Donovan and Alison Dunlap

“We’re very pleased to be partnering with Tara for this very worthy cause,” said Sean M. Aruda, chief executive officer of “The positive attitude and determination she demonstrated while competing bodes well for her during her recovery, and we look forward to hosting this auction on Go211.”

“I am very excited to be part of the family. Through their site I am able to reach so many more people that before and that is very important to me. This auction is simply ‘one of a kind’ and to be quite honest I’d like to bid on everything in it. I am a fan of each and every one of these riders so these items are a big deal to me. Everyone at is behind this auction and I know it will turn out great," Llanes said.

All proceeds go to the Tara Llanes Road to Recovery Fund.

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