Pearce's tough fight, more notes
The snowboarding community and the sports world at large have rallied around
A recent posting from his brother, Adam, reads as follows: "Kev continues to maintain his condition with some positive signs. He is extremely determined and can definitely feel all of your love and support. Still can't thank all of you enough."
Pearce was practicing a Double Cork maneuver, two backflips with a twist, when his ski caught an edge and flipped him onto his forehead on Dec. 31.
In a sport renowned for staunch independence and, often, irreverence, Pearce has been a sportsman. He had a halfpipe built for his personal use in Mammoth, Calif. and has invited many of his teammates -- in effect his top challengers -- to train with him. The group was tabbed The Frends, with a missing letter "i" to suggest, in effect, that there was no self-interest among the group.
He worked hard to overcome dyslexia and he often speaks of looking to inspiration from his brother David, who was born with Down's Syndrome.
Though the hospital in Salt Lake City will not accept cards, gifts or packages, his family said he would welcome cards that are sent to:
Mosaic Sports Management c/o Kevin Pearce
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