Following his death in Mexico on Oct. 9, 2019, a memorial fundraiser has been established in the memory of Jordie Lunn.
The Canadian freerider was riding on trails in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, when he suffered a fatal head injury. The fundraiser has been established through Road to Recovery foundation, and has been created to help cover the costs of Lunn’s brief stay in hospital.
According to the Road 2 Recovery page, Lunn had Personal Injury and Life Insurance coverage but, since the accident happened out of country, the insurance will not cover all of the expenses.
An update to the page on Oct. 18, 2019 reads
“Jordie’s family has received some good news regarding his medical bill’s. The charges from the hospital in Cabo San Lucas are expecting to be lower than previously quoted by the case worker. This news in conjunction with very generous family members, friends, and sponsors, who have paid some of the bills directly; the financial burden Jordie’s family was expecting is now significantly lower. They have been advised that the total bills from the hospital, Jordie’s preparation and transport back to Canada, funeral arrangements, and miscellaneous bills are approximately $40,000.
This discovery come with great relief as it alleviates some of the financial pressure. It is very important to Jordie’s family to be forthcoming with this update as his friends and fans have been extremely generous and supportive throughout this difficult process. They want to thank everyone who has donated to his fund and express their gratitude for this overwhelming support.”
The Road 2 Recovery In Memory of Jordie Lunn fund has quickly raised over $35,00, but has not yet reached its goal of $40,000. Should the total funds raised exceed the costs required, the page states excess funds will go towards causes reflecting Lunn’s passions. In addition to his professional riding, Lunn was a popular youth mountain bike coach in B.C.
“Future plans of any excess donations will be used in Jordie’s name to provide help in avenues that Jordie was passionate about. These will include, but may not be limited to: helping children with cycling and coaching opportunities, biking facilities to ride, helping to establish a baseline concussion testing for athletes worldwide, supporting brain health and injury research in mountain biking, funding research to better understand the health of athlete’s brains post concussion, and how we can help avoid further losses.”
If you want to know more about the man behind these wild features, watch Lacy Kemp and Jasper Wesselman’s 2017 Beyond the Bike profile of Jordie Lunn.