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Bustad still in physical therapy

Family hopes he can return home in fall

Collin Smith
Ricky Bustad
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— It’s important to stay positive, Lyn Cox said.

When your son-in-law is in physical therapy in Denver after a serious motorcycle accident, and the doctors say it’s likely he won’t walk again, staying positive is the most important thing.

“There is that little bit of chance we’re holding out for,” Cox said about her daughter’s husband, Ricky Bustad, who lost control of his motorcycle May 11 near Hayden and ran off the side of U.S. Highway 40.

“He is paralyzed from the nipples down,” she said. “He’s very persistent, though. He has full movement of his arms and hands. He’s just got a little ways to go, yet. They’re hoping to be able to take his feeding tube out. We’re hoping within a week.”

As horrible as the accident has been, Cox said it has shown her a new side of the community, one that she is grateful to know.

“Until you go through something so devastating, you have no idea how wonderful people in Craig can be,” she said. “It has been amazing. People here have been amazing.”

Multiple fundraising efforts are ongoing.

Family friends set up a donation account for Bustad in May at Bank of the West, 139 E. Victory Way, where people can contribute to the family by depositing money into an account in his name.

Gayle Kendall and Betty Miesner, who helped establish the account, said in May they wanted to do something because they were worried the family wouldn’t be able to afford Bustad’s medical bills since they didn’t have insurance.

Local businesses, including Cook Chevrolet, where Bustad worked until his accident, also have organized a raffle to support the family.

Tickets are $10 and can be found at Cook Chevrolet, Masterworks Mechanical, Natural Healthcare Center, Golden Cavvy Restaurant and Bears Ears Dental or by calling 826-0100 or 701-9023.

The raffle sale will go through Aug. 1. Whoever wins the drawing will take home a one-quarter processed beef.

The OP Bar & Grill is the latest to try to help, and will donate half the proceeds from its 13th annual Poker Run on July 18. The other half will go to the run’s winner.

Entrance in the run costs $10. More information can be found by calling the OP Bar & Grill at 824-8918.

Cox said the family hopes Bustad can come home to Craig this fall and that he’ll be standing up straight when he does.

“Ricky’s positive, and that’s a good thing,” she said.


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