Motocross Driver Kenny Steinke is awake after being in a coma for a little more than two weeks. Doctors still don't know the extent of his injuries yet, but they told family and friends it will be a long road to recovery for the 27-year-old motocross driver.
“Kenny is one of a kind. He is something else. If you haven't got to know him, you just gravitate towards him,” says Team FMX Owner Travis Willis. Willis is also a close friend of Steinke.
Willis is back in Augusta this week to spend time with Steinke. Steinke is recovering at GRU Medical Center after he had a bad crash a little more than two weeks ago.
“He's one of my closest friends and it's definitely hard for me to see him like this because this is what I do, this is my passion, what I love to do. But, you know, it's something that we accept unfortunately,” says Willis.
Willis was also performing the night that Steinke crashed his bike. He says the crash happened because Steinke's foot got caught on the handlebar of his bike while he was trying to do a trick. Willis says Steinke was in a coma for several days after the accident, but he says he came out of the coma last week.
“He's giving us some signs that he is understanding what we are saying. For example, you know, we asked him to give us a thumbs up, to wiggle his toe, you know, point his finger. You know, he's definitely there and he's responding to verbal commands,” says Willis.
Willis has known Steinke for 8 years. The two have performed together in hundreds of freestyle motocross events across the world.
This weekend, Willis will be performing at Thunder Over Augusta. He and several other bikers will be selling magnets to raise funds for Steinke's family. Willis is asking for a minimum five dollar donation. He says so far, the support from the CSRA has been amazing.
“Many people are calling the hospital wanting send flowers, wanting to send balloons, asking whatever they can do to help out, and it's just been… we are all very thankful and just very happy,” says Willis.
Thunder Over Augusta will be on Saturday at Evans Towne Center Park. Admission is free.
If you would like to make a donation to Steinke's family, you can do so by visiting www.downsideupfmx.com