Fundraising underway for injured motorcyclist

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Co-workers of Michael Scoggins, the 21-year-old Clark County motorcyclist injured in a crash more than two weeks ago, have organized fundraising efforts including a 5K run to offset his medical costs.

Scoggins has remained at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center since Aug. 24. On Tuesday, he was listed in critical condition.

Scoggins was riding a 2006 Kawasaki EX250 north on Northeast 152nd Avenue about 11:45 p.m. Aug. 23 when an eastbound 2000 Chrysler minivan pulled in front of him at Northeast 144th Street. The driver of the minivan, Denni Hamilton-Levonian, 55, also of Clark County, reportedly did not see the motorcycle, according to the sheriff’s office.

No citations have been issued, but the sheriff’s office traffic unit is continuing to investigate.

Scoggins has worked for more than a year on the marketing team for Ryonet, a Vancouver company that sells screen printing supplies.

When his co-workers heard about his crash, they pulled together and created a campaign page to raise money for his medical costs, http://igg.me/at/mike-scoggins.

They also organized a 5K run for 9 a.m. Sunday at the Salmon Creek Trail near Klineline Pond, 1112 N.E. 117th St.

Registration is not necessary, but race participants are asked to bring a donation for Scoggins’ family. Donuts, coffee, bananas and water will be provided at the start/finish line, and the first 50 participants will receive a race T-shirt.

“We were sort of in shock mode once we found out what happened to him,” said co-worker Heather Ashlock. “You just feel so helpless. You can’t make him better. So we’re hoping to give his family support and hopefully offset the burden and the stress of the ‘How are we going to pay for all of this?'”

More information on the run can be found at http://www.ryonetblog.com/think-mike.