- Brian Tunney, General Editor, Action Sports
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T.J. Lavin started outpatient therapy on Tuesday, Nov. 16 and is now walking, talking and eating on his own, according to sources close to the pro BMXer and television host.
Lavin also made a statement via Twitter, thanking friends and fans for their support following his October 14 crash at the Dew Tour Championships in Las Vegas, Nev.
"Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes. I have a while but I'll make it," said Lavin earlier this week.
Lavin's sense of humor has also returned. According to Lavin's mother Barbara, Lavin was asked to name three historical events during a rehabilitation session. He responded with the 9/11 attacks, Pearl Harbor and jokingly, Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction during the Super Bowl halftime show in 2004.
Lavin's crash during the Dew Tour Championships left him with bleeding and swelling on the brain, a broken wrist and an orbital fracture. Lavin remained in a medically induced coma for close to a week, but has made significant progress in his recovery since emerging from the coma. Doctors expect Lavin to make a full recovery.
Lavin will return to hosting the "Real World/Road Rules Challenge" show on MTV, but was instructed to take a year off from riding BMX bikes and motorcycles.
To aid in Lavin's recovery, the Las Vegas and action sport communities are coming together to support Lavin and fellow BMXer Ty Pinney, who suffered a similar head injury as Lavin while riding Lavin's backyard in October. To benefit the T.J. and Ty Recovery Fund, UFC president Dana White is hosting a fundraising benefit on Dec. 3 at the Vanity Nightclub in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. 100 percent of the money raised will go to T.J. and Ty.
Currently, the organizers are seeking donations for the auction, company sponsorships to fund the event, monetary donations and celebrity DJs. Contact information is available here.
33-year-old Lavin rose to fame in the BMX dirt scene in the early years of the X Games. The Las Vegas native earned a silver medal in 1996 and gold medals in 1997 and 1999. In the years since, Lavin has remained an aggressive competitor on the Dew Tour Circuit while branching out as a TV host for 10 seasons of MTV's "Real World/Road Rules Challenge." The Dew Tour Championships was to be Lavin's last contest as a professional before retiring.
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