About John Fonteyn
On February 8, while delivering product to a customer, John Fonteyn fell from his work truck and fractured his C4-5 vertebrae. The father of Mandie Fonteyn, Team Honda HRC Press Manager with Jonnum Media, Mr. Fonteyn is currently paralyzed from the neck down. Unfortunately, because nobody witnessed his fall, the details of the incident aren’t known; however, Mr. Fonteyn was conscious and aware and was able to communicate to first responders and his wife that his neck hurt.
Mr. Fonteyn was immediately transported to Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar, California, where surgical physicians performed an anterior fusion and realignment to the vertebrae. Two weeks post-op, a CT scan showed signs of a left-side stroke, which explained the initial lack of cognitive ability. He is currently categorized as a complete Spinal Cord Injury, with no movement from the neck down, and is breathing with the assistance of a ventilator, via tracheotomy. His current state is very difficult for his family and friends, as communication is almost impossible. However, Mr. Fonteyn is showing signs of understanding and has attempted to communicate vocally.
The Fonteyn family is currently struggling with their medical and insurance systems, as well as looming bills. When Mr. Fonteyn is released, he’ll be admitted to a sub-acute facility, but available beds are limited at facilities that are both nearby and have a good standard of care. He has been quoted 100 days of sub-acute coverage, after which he will be set up with long-term in-home care. At that point, all submissions will be out-of-pocket expenses for the family. Mr. Fonteyn’s status is still critical, and he will likely require medical attention for the rest of his life.
Prior to his injury, Mr. Fonteyn was very active. He spent time road cycling and participated annually in the Great Cycle Challenge, raising money for childhood cancer research by dedicating himself to 750 miles of cycling in one month. His favorite pastimes revolved around boating, as he would spend time on the water with family and friends, slalom water skiing, wakesurfing and fishing. He also shares a passion for dirt bikes and has ridden for his entire life. He owns a small professional car care business, supplies detailing products to several supercross/motocross teams to keep their trucks looking good, and regularly sponsors the Temecula Rod Run, a popular local hotrod event.
The Fonteyn family is a part of the motorcycling community, and R2R has set up this Fund, where tax-deductible donations can be made. All funds raised will go toward Mr. Fonteyn’s recovery and will help alleviate his mounting medical bills.