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ENDofibrosis Surgery Fund

Organized by Jacob Rathe
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Gildan Ultra Cotton T-shirt

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All funds raised will go to Jacob Rathe, the organizer for Surgery Expenses.
122 items sold
$4,180 raised
500 goal
Thanks to our supporters!
$30
Gildan Ultra Cotton T-shirt
Unisex - Black
Organized by Jacob Rathe

About this campaign

I'm Jacob Rathe and I've been competitive road cycling for over 10 years, traveling overseas to race since I was 15. Two years ago I was living in Europe and racing at the highest level, the World Tour, when I started experiencing a pain in my left leg. After a couple misdiagnosis and years of frustration and confusion, I now know that is it Iliac Artery Endofibrosis. Funds raised go towards a hefty surgery, scheduled for June 29th.


voltaPNGBy the time I was diagnosed with Iliac Artery Endofibrosis I was relieved. If I didn't find a solution to this leg problem my cycling career would be over. I would quit without any regret. It hasn’t been fun competing far below my level, and at times in grimacing pain.

Iliac Artery Endofibrosis is characterized as a vascular insufficiency and is a relatively common in cyclists. The cycling posture is thought to compress the iliac artery resulting in a narrowing section.
This problem is terribly deceptive - for two years I thought it was a muscular problem. The problem itself creates a slew of muscular imbalances which are logically the first course of treatment.

I became obsessed with fixing this. I was doing physical therapy exercises and massage 6-7 days a week, in hotel rooms before and after races. Over and over again I thought I found the true problem and that I was better, only for the terrible pain to spring back after several days of racing, or during one maximal effort.


Two years of symptoms until diagnosis is the average for this problem. Peers who have had it share the same feeling I had with diagnosis - a strange feeling of dread and joy. Knowing the solution to a problem, even a bad problem, is better than any problem with no solution.
A full recovery takes about 2 months, just in time to hop in a bike race before next year. Odds are good that I’ll only be racing with the typical burning sensations of cycling, and nothing more.
Thanks for reading! I really appreciate the support.
Jacob


Supporters

Bill and Bryce Lambert 2 items + $50

We wish you a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing you back on your bike competing!

Eric Rathe 1 item
C Sparr 1 item + $10

Good luck Jake! Wishing you all the best on your recovery!

James Webb 1 item + $25
Doug Evans 1 item
Bill Neumann 1 item

I ride and race myself. Feels good to help someone get back to where they were...

Erik V 1 item

You'll be better in no time, Jacob. Can't wait to see what you do when this is all behind you!

Anonymous 4 items

Get better and back to Europe!

Greg Crane 1 item + $50

Because you gave me a head start up Saltzman from Leif Erikson once upon a time. The look on your dads face when I got to the gate first was awsome. Thanks, heal quick.

LEO 1 item

I Also have medical problems caused by riding my bike and crashing,compressing T-12 and have leg cramping, femoral nerve and quad pain...very frustrating! LEO

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