I've talked with some of you about Mariel Mentink, but it might not be news you've heard otherwise. I wouldn't have if I didn't have so many friends in the Austin cycling community...
Mariel is a Chicago girl who was severely injured in a hit and run on New Year's Eve in Austin, TX while riding with a group of helmeted, well-lit cyclists. She was only recently deemed stable enough to be moved from a hospital there back to Chicago, where she's near her family and friends, for continuing treatment and rehab. There are regular updates from her family here:http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/marielmentink
There is a benefit for Mariel on the 26th and I'll be heading there for a while after CCM.
The chainlink event page with a little more info:http://www.thechainlink.org/events/mariel-mentink-benefit
I hope some of you guys can make it out.