The David Francisco Ride for Hope is a charity bike ride we are producing, to tell the story of spinal cord injury survivor and Overcomer, David Francisco. On April 27, 2016, in a split second, David’s life changed forever. While the 24-year-old singer/songwriter was riding his bike home from his recording classes at Nashville’s Blackbird Academy, a distracted driver ran a red light and crashed into him at over 30 miles per hour. The impact immediately fractured his back and left him with a severe spinal cord injury. The ER surgeon upon examining the scans said it was a complete L1 fracture and he would never walk again.
After a year of intense physical rehabilitation, David has defied the odds and learned to walk, and in June 2017, graduated from The Blackbird Academy. During the Ride For Hope, David plans to ride as many miles as he can on a tandem bike, with his wife Kristi at the helm, to celebrate all that he has overcome.