Join us on Oliver’s Road to Redemption

10348231_10154141989550082_7451938826679234811_nThis weekend one of our writers, Oliver Campbell, is undertaking a challenging journey – riding his bike from Des Moines, Iowa, to West Bend, Iowa, where the Grotto of the Redemption is.

I’ve known Oliver for many years now and I’ve followed and talked with him and his health issues, so I know what he’s doing and why he’s doing it and the challenge this is for him.

After three years of serious health issues, Oliver wanted to live and enjoy life and find his strength again – thus him finding the Retrospec Bicycles and deciding to do this ride. However, to make the ride successful, Oliver needed funds to make it happen.

Per his GoFundMe Page (where you can read his entire story as well):

So why do I need your help? Because there’s only so far willpower can take me, and I can’t do everything on my own. I know what the limits of my body are, but I don’t know what the limits of my equipment is. To be successful in this venture, I need the following in sufficient supply in order to prepare for and embark on this journey:

1217340_1396900026.4937-Replacement wheelsets
-Replacement tires
-Replacement intertubes
-Dedicated toolkits/repair tools (pumps, battery rechargers, etc)
-First Aid Kits
-Replacement nuts, bolts, etc
-Adequate safety-equipment and clothing
-Mounting racks and gear to carry what I need
-Fuel for my SAG Wagon (which will be my best friend Jayme driving)
-Reliable two-way communication between myself and my SAG Wagon
-Small, miscellaneous expenses

And of course, most importantly…

-A way to record video of my journey the entire way. Because I won’t be going alone. I’m taking you guys with me.

I want you all to be there with me the whole way. I want you to see my struggles, to see me fail and fall and to get up, to fight. I want you to be able to see the world as I see it, to see the pain and tension, when it feels hard but even more importantly, to see me succeed. I want you to see the moment when I cross that line, and I will have redeemed myself in the most holiest of grounds for willpower.

10447641_10154335007370082_4372970283920153320_nOliver met his goal of $1500 a week or so ago and we at Video Game Scoreboard are happy to be one of his sponsors for his ride. We also want to encourage you to go on his trip with him and, as he stated “I want 2014 to be the year that I take my life back from the demon of chronic pain. But I don’t want to do it alone. I want to do it with you. We can do this, and all we have to do is try. “

You can follow his ride this weekend here:

His wife, Danika, along with the app he’s been using to follow his training progress, will be posting to the event and to his Facebook wall.  Let’s cheer Oliver, a fellow gamer, on in this exciting and daring endeavor.




About Grace "Kayhynn" Snoke

Grace Snoke is a corporate journalist and author who enjoys gaming, reading, writing and jewelry making. Outside of her day job, she writes for a number of sites including: Video Game, Obsolete Gamer, SciTech Nerds and for a couple blogs and sites she owns. You can learn more about her adventures as an author here.


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