Community raises support for man involved in biking accident

MORGANTOWN, W.Va - In early November, Charlie Shaffer was hit by a car while doing one of the activities he loves most, riding his bike. 

This resulted in a severe spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury. 

The community came together to support Charlie, who is known for bringing love, joy and hope to everyone around him. 

"He was a cyclist, he is a runner, he loves to be active, he loves to go to the Rec Center and do classes like Body Pump and he wants to be able to get back and be able to do as many things as he can," said Siobhan Baloochi, Charlie's daughter. 

Following the accident, a GoFundMe Page was set up with an immediate outpouring of support from the community.

"I have been so impressed by the Morgantown Community, the community where I live, the community of really people all over the country that have been able to help us through this process. I know that my dad is really well loved in Morgantown," said Baloochi. 

To show their support for Charlie, staff at the WVU Rec Center decided to hold 'Charlie Week' , where group exercise classes are Charlie themed everything from playlists, exercises, and even dances are all Charlie inspired. 

"Every single person that comes through the door sees him at some point because he has this great big personality and affects so many people on a daily basis. And he comes to the Rec Center every single day," said Baloochi. 

"It just shows, one, how many people he touches in life, but also the support, and just how much energy he gives, that we're now giving back," said  fitness instructor Megan Tehrani.

"He's just really, I would say the heart of the rec center. He's one of those people that can take a group, just a random group of people and really bring people together and make it into a community where people really care about each other," said Jonell Strough, a regular group exercise participant. 

Charlie's road ahead will consist of a great deal of therapy, rehabilitation and care at Shepherd Center in Atlanta. 

"He's ready to work hard and he's ready to move forward, and if anyone can recover from this and come out of it stronger, I know it's going to be my dad," said Baloochi. 

To support Charlie on his road to recovery, you can donate to his GoFundMe Page

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