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Wednesday, Feb 05 2014 06:00 AM

Woodward West to host fundraiser for Sharp family

The Woodward West action sports facility will host a fundraiser for a Stallion Spring resident who was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident last month.

Woodward West will open its 54,000 sq. ft. riding facility to skaters and bicyclists alike for an evening of riding in an effort to help raise money for Nicholas Sharp and his family.

The riding session will be from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12. All Tehachapi residents are welcome to participate for a $20 donation.

All proceeds will be given directly to the Sharp family, said Pam Velasquez, general manager of Woodward West who came up with idea for the fundraiser after seeing others in the community were pitching in to help the Sharp family.

"It gives the community an opportunity to come together," Vasquez said.

A heavy machine operator at The Industrial Company, Sharp was traveling to Lake Isabella via Highway 178 to enjoy a day off from work with his brother, Josh, on Dec. 27.

The back tire of his motorcycle hit a patch of gravel after he turned a corner, causing him to lose control of the bike and sending him into oncoming traffic. Sharp's spine was severed in the accident, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.

Immediately after the accident, Sharp was placed in the intensive care unit at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield and was put on full life support.

Since then, he has moved to HealthSouth, a rehabilitation center in Bakersfield, his girlfriend Danielle Lamb said.

"He is fully awake and learning how to live life in a new way," Lamb said. "He is a lot better."

Nevertheless, Sharp's accident has incurred many costs for him and his family.

The accident occurred just weeks after Nick and Danielle found out that their son Nicholas, who had been battling lymphoma for two years, was officially cancer free.

With Nick unable to continue his job as a heavy machine operater, members of the Tehachapi community have started fundraisers to help offset medical costs and help make his home wheelchair accessible.

Donors have already raised close to $1,600 in an online fundraiser started by a high school friend of Nick's. Those interested in participating can go to http://gfwd.at/1gl4WXM.

A trust has also been set up in Nicholas Sharp's name at Union Bank.

"He's our go-to guy in this town," his mother, Colleen O'Ryan, said. "Anybody who needs help in this town goes to him. This is just going to be an uphill battle for him. We need every last bit of support."

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