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Supporters raise funds to help injured Chicago retailer — and her store

Published October 2, 2018

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — Supporters have raised over $25,000 to help retailer Annie Byrne, the owner of BFF Bikes. Byrne was injured in a bike crash during a cycling camp in Tucson, Arizona, last February. A GoFundMe campaign is hoping to raise $32,000 to help Byrne with personal financial burdens during her recovery and to help keep BFF Bikes operating.

According to the campaign's website, was put in a medically induced coma for several days following the accident. She broke her collarbone and a bone on the back of her skull and was paralyzed on her right side. She was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury. TBIs have a recovery window of six months to two years.

When she came out of the coma she regained some movement on her right side. She stayed in the Tucson hospital all of March and after an intensive rehab program returned to Chicago in early April.

"While she has made great strides with the physical effects of the accident, her brain injury will take much longer to heal, and makes it difficult for Annie to concentrate on her business and limits her ability to work," supporters said. 

"Annie and BFF Bikes have added so much to Chicago and the biking community; if you'd like to see the impact she has made continue and also help her healing process, we hope you will consider donating to this fund. All sized donations will help and are appreciated!" 

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