Pierre Bergman, a member of Jackson’s outdoor community, may never walk again after a mountain biking accident on Teton Pass.
While Bergman recovers and prepares for rehabilitation and a new lifestyle, his friends, family and friends of friends have shown their support by donating almost $100,000 in just a week.
“Our Jackson family has the biggest heart, the best people and the most relentlessly giving humans out there,” Bergman wrote on social media.
Bergman was mountain biking on Teton Pass on June 15 when he wrecked, severing his spinal cord.
Medics from Jackson Hole Fire/EMS and Teton County Search and Rescue rushed him to St. John’s Health and he was later flown for spinal realignment surgery at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center, where he remains with his parents and girlfriend.
On Thursday he’ll be transferred to Craig Hospital in Denver, which is known for its expertise in spinal cord injuries, for up to 60 days of inpatient rehabilitation.
Bergman’s friend Heath Woodruff created a GoFundMe page when he heard what happened to Bergman.
Woodruff was surprised when the donations started flowing in.
“I had no idea,” he said. “At first I put the goal at $10,000 and within the first few hours it was already at $15,000.”
As of Tuesday afternoon the fundraiser had amassed $99,144.
Bergman said the outpouring of support “has been beyond belief” and it’s something he and his family are very thankful for.
Bergman, a Jackson Hole Mountain Resort employee, is an avid snowboarder and mountain biker and leads an active lifestyle, so the injury will significantly change his life.
Last winter Bergman was featured in the News&Guide after an epic self-rescue in blizzard conditions and single digit temperatures after getting stuck in Granite Creek while snowboarding. He weathered the winter elements for 19 hours overnight and hiked his way out of the canyon without injury.
The 28-year-old said support from the community has helped him cope after a life-changing accident.
“He’s in surprisingly good spirits,” Woodruff said. “He’s optimistic. If anyone has the right attitude for this it’s Pierre.”
Jackson businesses are also rallying around Bergman. Blue Collar Restaurant Group announced it’s donating 10% of all proceeds made on Thursday to him. And businesses like Sweet Cheeks Meats, Cowboy Coffee and Jackson Drug all donated to Bergman’s recovery fund.
The Jackson Hole Green Thumb Club, led by local photographer Audra Manzer, is holding a plant sale at 6 p.m. Wednesday with all proceeds going to Bergman’s recovery. The raffle will take place on @jhgreenthumbclub’s Instagram page.
“He needs all the help he can get,” Woodruff said. “He is one of the best people I know, a good soul, and he needs our support.”