Created on Thursday, 06 September 2007 11:42
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 September 2007 11:42
To The Editor:
My husband, Malcolm Appleton, a senior Olympian bicycle rider (who
podiumed three times at the national senior games in KY last June) was
in an accident Sunday as he was about to ride down to the start line
during the Green Mountain Stage Race.
Another cyclist hit his rear wheel and Malcolm went down. He is
presently at CVMC where he underwent surgery for a broken hip. He's
doing well but we both lament the fact that he will miss all the races
he's been entered in in Arizona and Utah. We don't know, at this point,
whether or not he'll be able to come home after he's discharged or if
he'll have to go to a rehab facility for a few weeks.
Since he's been training so hard, he's in excellent shape so his
recovery may be accelerated. He has not had a hip replacement but is,
rather, pinned and this type of procedure takes longer to heal. (I
We don't know who hit him but the rider didn't stop to say anything
although he probably didn't know how badly Malcolm was injured. If he's
a local and sees this letter, it would be nice for him to give Malcolm
Many thanks to Diane and Mike Eramo who picked me up and took me up to
Sugarbush North to get my car and to try and find Malcolm's bicycle.
Thanks to Heidi and her church for all the prayers.
Thanks to Mike Ware for going up to the top of the Ap Gap to pick up
some things Malcolm had left there. Thanks to son Bill, who came down
and mowed the lawn, and to Kris Williams, who wants to come up to
Granville and finish up the winterizing of our house (which Malcolm was
in the process of doing) at no charge.
Thank you to all the friends who have called and offered help and
support, including David and Arlene for bringing homemade cookies to
And not to be forgotten...the ambulance service and the EMTs who took such good care of Malcolm during the trip to the hospital.
I have had phone calls and emails and prayers from all over the
country. Isn't it strange that you never know how many friends you have
until something like this happens? Malcolm is a wonderful person,
husband and friend.
P.S. One of the moose signs is back...dunno if it's a new one or
one of the ones that was taken...in either event, thank you, good
person, for the sign. B.S-A.