Ain’t No Stopping Auburn Runner Who Lost His Leg When Hit By Motorcycle
Thank God Tyrone Fulgham is no ordinary man - it saved his life.
Tyrone has been running his whole life. He runs for the reasons most people run: physical health and for his mental health. The Sun Journal did a follow-up story about the 52-year-old's journey since that fateful September day.
He was running in Auburn back in September near the Fox Ridge Golf Course when a motorcycle, speeding and driven by someone without a proper license, lost control hitting Tyrone. He was doing an 8-mile run to get ready for a marathon and was about halfway done. He lost his right leg and badly damaged his left with what police called 'life-threatening injuries'.
He remembers that September day like it was yesterday. Yelling at the biker (who was unhurt and facing charges) to call 9-1-1. He was helping the golfers, who ran to his side, to get a belt and tie a tourniquet. One golfer who helped said he was so glad he decided to wear a belt that day. Tyrone helped until an ambulance arrived. He helped because he used to be a medic in the Army.
The six months since his accident has been filled with surgeries, setbacks, infections, physical rehabilitation, and pain. He had lost half his blood volume in the accident. But his desire to run again has never diminished. And that's where his friends and family have come together to hold a fundraiser for Tyrone to help with the expenses he will face for the rest of his life.
Fulgham won a state championship with the Lewiston High School track team in 1988. He's a family man, an amazing friend, and someone who just wants to run again. And he will, and we can help him make the journey a little easier with this benefit. Have a couple of drinks, laugh, and help a man who knows he's lucky to be alive and wants to make every minute count.