Fanatical rider Timothy William McKenzie lost his life on September 1 2016 and now his struggling family is seeking financial help to bring his ashes home.
Timothy was born on the June 24, 1992, and was just 23 years old when he died in an horrific accident.
His sister, Nikki, says Timothy had ridden bikes from five years old.
“He had a massive passion for riding,” she says. “He always loved to get on the bike with his boys and go up the back track and all get around on their dirt bikes.
“Timothy was riding a 2010 Magelli most recently and loved it. He would get out every day and play around with it and wash it etc. Every day he went for a ride most times to go fishing as that was his other passion.
“On the night of September 1 he decided he was going to go for a quick ride round the block.
“Unfortunately five minutes from home a lady has turned without seeing him and he has slid under the car and taken full impact to the front of his head.”
Timothy was rushed to the hospital in a critical condition and placed in an induced coma with the highest dosage possible.
His brain had swelled to four times the size and he had fractured or broken every bone in his face and crushed the lower part of the base of the skull.
“He fought hard for two weeks but then had a massive stroke,” Nikki says.
“As a result of the accident he was 50% brain dead and the stroke attacked his good side.”
On September 14 Timothy was declared brain dead.
“My family then had the decision to donate Timothy’s organs,” Nikki says.
“He now lives on in the lives of four others that he selfishlessly saved.
“It was so sad to say goodbye to Timmy but to know he saved four others is comforting.”
Your turn to donate
Now it’s time for other riders to help Timothy’s low-income Brisbane family bring his ashes home.
“We are struggling with the grief but also struggling to raise the funds to bring Timmy home,” Nikki says.
Both parents are on pensions and Timothy’s mother suffers health issues that ironically landed her in the same ICU ward a year before her son.
The family have set up a GoFundMe page to raise the $7200 to cover the funeral and release Timothy’s ashes to them.
So far, they have raised $3080.
Will you help return a fellow rider’s ashes to his family?