The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

July 10, 2013

Benefit Saturday for injured biker

By Ashley Wislock
The Daily Item

— SELINSGROVE — Life hasn’t been easy for Bruce “Jake” Gibbs Jr. since an accident in 2011 claimed one of his legs when his motorcycle was struck by an uninsured motorist.

“It’s (not) the same, but you got to keep going on,” he said.

Friends of Gibbs, 40, are hosting a fundraiser Saturday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Route 522 to raise money for his expenses. The motorist who struck him as he drove his Harley near his home had no insurance or registration and — while fined for those offenses — has not been held responsible for paying Gibbs’ medical bills.

“That’s really a blow to you,” he said.

The day-long, family-friendly event will include a Chinese auction from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a pig roast and bake sale.

Gibbs, who worked two jobs before the August 2011 accident, spent six weeks in the hospital, much of which he doesn’t remember, he said.

“I remember the accident, then I realized I was (badly injured),” he said. “Once they got me in the ambulance, it was almost a blur.”

Gibbs has undergone nearly a dozen surgeries and almost lost his life due to complications that arose because of the injury. He has been denied disability payments.

“It’s not easy,” he said. “You’ve got to keep keepin’ on.”

But these hardships don’t eclipse the kindness people have shown him since the accident, he said.

“There’s a lot of people that help me out, a whole lot of people,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of friends.”