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Survivor Story: Bill Denson

Posted by Pete Visintin on

 

 Written and Contributed 

by Meghan Denson

  

Hello and good evening.  My name is Meghan Denson, and I'm married to Bill's brother, Josh.  My brother-in-law, Bill, is an exceptional person.  He truly exemplifies these traits.  He is a son, a fiancé, a brother, an uncle, and a friend to countless people. 

 

Bill is 36 years young, and a passionate, hard worker for a motorcycle tire changing company.  This comes as no surprise because his true passion is racing and riding motorcycles. 

 

He is a pillar in the St. Louis area motorcycle community, and has been instrumental in organizing and participating in several community charity rides, including Dawson's Ride.  

 

Dawson Cutler was a 13 year old boy from Catawissa, MO who truly connected to and pulled at Bill's heart strings.  Dawson had terminal brain cancer and a bucket list that needed some wishes crossed off.  

 

One item on his bucket list was to ride a "bullet bike."  This is where Bill and many fellow riders from their group STL RYDERZ pitched in.  They organized a ride on May 7, 2012 to put a smile on Dawson's face. 

 

The ride started in Eureka and the riders escorted Dawson to the Eagles Lodge in Pacific, Missouri where there was a big fundraiser waiting.  

 

During the ride, Dawson got to ride on several kinds of motorcycles from sport bikes to Harley's.  Sadly, Dawson lost his battle with cancer on September 28, 2012, the day that Bill stood by his brother's side as best man Dawson went home to see our Heavenly Father. 

 

 

This sibling photo is from a family wedding last year, from left:  Matt, Josh, Becky, and Bill Denson.

 

Bill took it hard, but he has kept Dawson's spirit alive with an annual ride in his memory.  This is a photo of Bill and Dawson from the day of the ride.  This photo is framed and displayed in Bill's home.  

 

On April 26, 2014 Bill was involved in a horrific motorcycle accident on Hwy 94 in St. Charles Co.  He was airlifted to Mercy, and is currently in the Neuro ICU.  He has a fractured orbit, skull, mandible, C1 and T6 vertebrae, brain swelling, and a brain bleed. 

 

He is vented, trached, and heavily sedated.  He was taken into surgery yesterday for his mandible repair.  They were able to plate and screw the pieces of his jaw back together, but had to create a new palette for him. 

 

His jaw is wired shut for the next 3-4 weeks, and he will need a bone graft for his lower jaw in the coming months.  Bill is a fighter and is making small but steady progress daily.  This is just the beginning of a very long road ahead for Bill and our family. 

 

We are an extremely close family with four siblings.  Bill is the oldest brother, and looked up to by his younger brothers and nephew.  Bill would do anything for anyone, and never ask for anything in return.  Any amount of help for mounting medical bills would be appreciated from our family.  

 

We are extremely grateful to even be considered as a donation recipient from Fight the Fight.  

 

-Meghan  

 

50% of the profit from all Fight the Fight purchased made from September 6th, 2014 through September 27th, 2014 will be donated to Bill to help cover medical expenses.

 

 

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