A Bank of America savings account has been established to help defray medical and rehabilitation expenses for Red Bull KTM off-road star Chris Blais. A motorcycle crash in the desert near Tonapah, Nevada, last weekend while pre-running the Vegas-to-Reno race has left the 3-time Dakar Rally veteran severely injured.

Among the injuries Blais suffered was damage to his vertebra. After undergoing emergency surgery Sunday night to stabilize his spine, Blais remains in a Reno area hospital surrounded by his wife Patty and other family members. Once his condition improves and allows him to be moved, Chris will be relocated to a rehabilitation facility nearer his Apple Valley home in Southern California. However, it is still too early to tell to what extent his spinal cord has been damaged nor how permanent his injuries may be. What is certain is that there is that Chris and Patty face a long and difficult recovery process ahead.

"Chris and I want to say thank you very much to everyone for the outpouring of kindness and concern for his well-being," said Patty Blais. "We had no idea that so many people knew and cared about Chris, and their attention means very much to him. The thoughtfulness and level of genuine concern is overwhelming." Those wishing to help Blais, you can donate to: The Chris Blais Medical Fund Bank of America account #: 5010-0050-3860.

For further information about Chris Blais, or The Chris Blais Medical Fund please contact Scott Cox at 760/436-9937, fax 760/436-3711, or dakar@resmarket.com.

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