Eddie Kieger was a computer engineer in California, and an
active and prolific member of the Internet Harley-Davidson
community through rec.motorcycles.harley and the Harley Email
Digest. On March 26, 1994, Eddie was involved in a motorcycle
accident in which he sustained a devastating brain injury.
After a month long coma, Eddie's family moved him back to
his home state of Ohio.
SunShine posted the message that Ann Kieger, Eddie's mother,
had located a wheelchair accessible van that she wanted to
buy so she could get Eddie out of the care facility more.
His Internet friends had been waiting for a way that they
could help, and so a fundraising campaign began. The $8000
needed for the van was collected in about 14 days, and after
the van was purchased money kept coming in.
courtesy of John Stafford
The Edward F.
Kieger III Charitable Trust was formed, and it continues to collect
donations for Ann to use for anything she feels she and Eddie needs.
post to r.m.h - Eddie's Support and how it all started. (Blast
from the past)
The Plain Dealer Newspaper Story
A Letter from Ann
to 2004. That '88 was getting old and it was time for her to be
replaced. A goal of $20k was established. Once again, the online
r.m.h/hed community rallied to the cause! Special items were auctioned,
a commemorative r.m.h VB&G patch was produced, the Assholes(tm)
produced a cookbook, lots of donations ... The efforts totaled over
different make's and models, and poured over consumer reviews. The
pros and cons of full-size with a lift, vs mini with a ramp was
debated. Needs and usage were balanced against availability and
price till the field was narrowed. Test-driving commenced. Finally,
Ann picked up Eddie's new van - A 2001 Chevrolet Venture/Braun Entervan
conversion with 12" lowered floor and a 12 mo./12,000 mile
GM Extended Warranty! After years of dealing with a monster-sized
van, and struggling with a lift, Eddie now has a mini with a lowered
floor that's easier to manage, fits better in a garage, and is more
economical to operate.
Mitchell's post to r.m.h
The 2004 Letter from Ann
Pictures of the new van
some time to look through this site. It was designed in the hope
that Eddie's story will inspire people to stand up for those who
can't stand up for themselves.
fundraising projects help assure Ann has the resources to take care
of Eddie, and can provide for his quality of life. The online auction
site [here] allows folks to donate items
with the proceeds of the sale going to the trust. Many of the r.m.h
gatherings generate funds through donations, tee shirt sales, etc.
Folk occasionally produce and sell items as fundraisers... There
are many tangible ways that you can help. See the "You
Can Help" page for some ideas
Come and visit
Eddie. While visits to his home are always welcome,
there is an annual EKIII Run for Eddie's birthday in early August.
See the "Annual EKIII Run" pages
Come ride with
EKIII and be a part of Eddie's family. Remember - this could happen
to any one of us.