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by Matthew Heist
In December of 2012 Matt Heist went down in Fayetteville, NC from no
fault of his own. A minivan driver using a cell phone and not paying
attention caused Matt's motorcycle accident. Matt suffered near fatal
injuries and coded many times during his 10 month stay in hospitals. The
injuries and many treatments he has encountered are horrific. He is left
with permanent injuries and will most likely be given a medical retirement
from the military due to those injuries. Matt still has a long journey with
rehab and treatments and will never be the same.
In September, the VFW 4542 in Spring Lake NC contacted The B.A.N.C.
Foundation with the details of Matt's accident. They had a date set for a
MATT HEIST MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS DAY on November 23,
2013 at the VFW 4542 on Pine Knoll Drive (& the corner of Hwy 210) in Spring Lake NC and requested
B.A.N.C.'s help with the event. Matt Heist is exactly what the Bikers And Needy Children Foundation is
about injured motorcyclists in need of assistance. Matt is a young Vet who is very proud and his main concern is
making people in North Carolina, especially in the Fayetteville & surrounding areas more aware of motorcycles. His anger now fuels his need for more motorcycle awareness
because his accident was completely avoidable had the driver just looked. No motorcyclists should go through the trauma, long term suffering, and life changing events Matt has
because of someone was on a cell phone and/or not paying attention. Come support Matt's efforts to prevent more of us from going through the same pain he endured and
continues to endure.
The B.A.N.C. Foundation Board Of Directors is asking All Members in Cumberland County and the
surrounding counties to come support Matt Heist Motorcycle Awareness Day. This is important, It not
only shows support for Matt but, shows all we are in support of more motorcycle awareness in this area
and all of North Carolina!
In 2013 there were 198 motorcycle fatalities in North Carolina.
80% of all motorcycle accidents victims suffer serious injuries or
death. Approximately. 2/3's of motorcycle accidents are
preventable and no fault of the motorcyclist. If we are going to
lower how many motorcyclist are going down here, we have to
impact the average driver's awareness of motorcycles.
We hope everyone understands the impact we are trying to help
Matt make with motorcycle awareness and hope to see all at the
event. This is an event for motorcyclists to stand up for
Mickey Carter, President/Founder
The B.A.N.C. Foundation