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RIP, Bobby McMullen

The world has been a little less bright this past week since Bobby McMullen, often called Blind Bobby, passed away on September 12. I was fortunate enough to have the Blind Bobby experience when I met him in Redding, California. He was a larger-than-life human being despite having health issue after health issue thrown his way. He went legally blind in the prime of his life because of Type 1 Diabetes, but that didn't slow him down a bit. Despite legal blindness, he rode his mountain bike by sound and commands from brave souls who would lead him down the trails. Not just groomers or bike paths either, but legitimate Whistler trails among others. The kicker, besides just surviving a trail that he couldn't see, is that Bobby hauled some ass. We will miss you, Bobby. Vital's condolences go out to Bobby's wife and daughter. -gordo

If you feel so moved, please send love and support to his family through this gofundme link.

Bobby showing off his regimen of doctor-prescribed medications circa 2006.

From the Gofundme page:

Bobby McMullen passed away on Monday, September 12 after an extensive and heroic battle with cancer, kidney failure, and other health issues. As everyone who knew him can attest, Bobby fought his illness like he conquered mountain bike trails: with grace, grit and humility. Bobby loved his family more than anything. He leaves behind his beloved wife Heidi and daughter Ella. Heidi and Bobby would have celebrated their 10 year anniversary later this month, on September 29. The news of Bobby’s passing has all of us shocked, saddened, in grief and wanting to support Heidi and Ella however we can as they prepare for this next chapter of their lives. In lieu of flowers and other gifts, this GoFundMe will help Heidi and Ella with the costs of all that lies ahead of them, including funeral expenses, a college fund for Ella and lingering medical bills. Please give what you can and feel free to leave a note for Heidi and Ella. Thanks for your support!

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