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BillDozer (real name Bill Dillon), a founding member of the Portland United Messenger Association (PUMA) and the Axles of Evil bike polo club sustained a life-threatening injury during last weekend’s West Side Invite Polo Tournament at Alberta Park in Northeast Portland.
Early in his second polo match of the tourney, he flew over the bars and landed on the handlebars of another bike. The impact separated his sternum, broke three ribs, severed an artery, collapsed a lung, and resulted in three liters of blood loss. He was rushed from the park to Legacy Emanuel Hospital and has just now been released. Read more at the Mess Magazine site.
Dozer lives in New York City but must remain in Portland for a few weeks due to his condition. He was working on a documentary video of the West Side Invite and hopefully he’ll get well soon and be able finish up the project.
PUMA will donate all profits from the West Side Invite and they’ve also set up PayPal donation account in order to help Dozer pay for his massive medical bills. I haven’t met Bill yet, but I know he’s done a lot for Portland’s bike messenger and polo scene, and now he can use our help.
Best wishes Bill. Get well soon.