He also said he had good people around him from his family, friends and the medical team.
“There was a plethora of people that I could talk to if I ever needed to,” Strader said. “All the people around here, that’s what helped me get through this.”
Strader began his victory lap with a stop at the ambulance bay before the operating room he was taken to immediately after arriving at Grand Strand. Strader also visited the surgical suite where he had multiple operations on his leg as well as the intensive care unit where he stayed following operations.
Strader expressed his gratitude to all the hospital staff.
“I literally wouldn’t be here if they weren’t there to help me,” he said. “Dr. Pepe, the surgeon I had, he’s the reason I’m still alive. I couldn’t be more grateful to that team.”
He also extended that gratitude to community members and their efforts with fundraising.
“It was insane,” he said, adding he wanted to go to the fundraising events and thank all those helping. “It was more than I ever could’ve asked for. It really helped me. I realized how much I meant to a bunch of people.”
As this chapter on Strader’s life closes, another one will soon begin. That chapter will still include motorcycles, he said.
“I’ve liked cars and motorcycles since I can remember,” he said. “There’s nothing that would stop me from building cars and bikes. My plan is for that to be my job and take that as far as it’ll take me.”
He added that he plans to get a Harley-Davidson LiveWire, an electrical motorcycle that doesn’t require to shift gears.
“I don’t have an ankle to shift gears with,” Strader joked, adding that he will miss the sound of his old Harley-Davidson.
Strader said he plans to get his own apartment and attend Horry Georgetown Technical College then on to the University of Northwestern Ohio to get his degree in automotive high-performance mechanics and supervision. He said the school’s location is perfect for just riding around.
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