The local cycling community is rallying around one of their own who was terribly injured in an accident. Shelli Snyder was on a cross-country bike ride from Cleveland to Seattle. About halfway there, in Montana, a car hit her from behind.
“The cycling community here in Cleveland has been strengthening, in large part due to Shelli’s efforts,” said Snyder’s friend Christopher Alvarado. He says her energy and infectious smile drew people into the local bike scene.
“Shelli is the kind of person that as soon as you meet her you’re best friends. She is just a completely open, outgoing person whose favorite thing is to share cycling with other folks,” he said.
Recently engaged, Snyder was actually moving to Seattle to be with her fiancé. Her friends say, in true Shelli fashion, she didn’t want to drive or fly there – she wanted to bike to her new home.
A native of Ohio, she made a lot of friends here over the years. When they heard about the accident, they kicked it into high gear. Monday morning at 8 a.m., Alvarado posted a GoFundMe page. In 24 hours, it surpassed its goal of $20,000 raising nearly $1,000 an hour in small donations. They increased the goal to $50,000.
Currently in a medically-induced coma until the swelling on her brain subsides, Snyder also has a broken arm and leg. Those that love her want to make sure she has everything she needs when she wakes up and gets on the path to recovery.
There’s a fundraiser for Snyder this Thursday night from 3 p.m. until midnight at Platform Beer Company, on Lorain Avenue. $1 from every beer will go to help her.
A GoFundMe account has been created to help with her medical expenses.