Doug Henry's story of survival

He talked with News Channel 8 about his career ending and life changing accident that has not slowed him down. Full Story
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Jimmy Mours

Arroyo Grande, CA

#1 Jun 26, 2008
Hang in there Doug , as a fellow Supermoto racer who has lined up with you I want to wish you the best of luck on the recovery and were all still tring to find that Henry style on a SM... Stay tough Mr. Henry
Stephen Bobic

Alpharetta, GA

#2 Jun 26, 2008
Doug Henry is one of the few heroes that I have and I'm older than he is! I've had the pleasure of meeting him on numerous occasions, watching him race, ride with him and learn from him. He has never failed to have a smile on his face, a kind word to say and the best attitude of anyone I know.

Thank you for a great article on a genuine role model.
Steve Achey

Pittsburgh, PA

#3 Jun 26, 2008
Doug Henry lives in a manner we should all aspire to. Best wishes Doug and Stacy you are in our thoughts and prayers.
DOGGER

North Branford, CT

#4 Jun 27, 2008
Doug Henry is a true American Hero.Good luck with the fight Doug.
KDXWoman

Cromwell, CT

#5 Jun 27, 2008
What a great story of inspiration. I pray that you both come thru this. You two will always be exceptionally strong role models for the rest of us.
Lynn

Girard, OH

#6 Jun 27, 2008
God Bless Doug and Stacey Henry. Such courageous and obviously very loving people. May everything work out well for them.
Anonymous

Oxford, CT

#7 Jun 27, 2008
What an incredibly tragic and yet inspiring story.
Facing so much adversity, they have remained so strong and determined.
I applaud them on their courage, faith and strength.
Whats stopping you

Newington, CT

#8 Jun 27, 2008
Great story! Thanks for writing it. Doug is someone that has inspired thousands and more local people should know his story. Him and John Dowd are two of the greatest athletes to come out of New England.
Smagical

Millington, MI

#9 Jun 27, 2008
They Henry family is amazing. The kids couldnt ask for 2 better parents. Speaking of the kids, i hear Ian is the next Phil Smage of snowskating. haah. Stay strong Doug and Stacey, we all know you will prove the impossible wrong once again!
Drop the Hammer

New Haven, CT

#10 Jun 27, 2008
It's terrible about his wife's breast cancer and I hope she is OK but I have a hard time feeling inspired by a guy who breaks his back doing something so dangerous for fun while he has 2 kids depending on him! I might be inspired if he talked about how selfish it is to participate in dangerous pastimes while you have 2 mouths to feed. I used to rock climb and skydive but I stopped after I had kids. Sorry.
Mike

Warren, NJ

#11 Jun 27, 2008
Awesome story about one of our own....

Here's to ya, Doug !!!!! Salut !!!
On Vacation

Phoenix, AZ

#12 Jun 27, 2008
Drop the Hammer - Your comments regarding Doug are totally inappropriate here. Shame on you. Because you decided to stop living life doesn't mean everyone else should too. BTW, his racing career was not just about fun... it was his job and provided a good life for his family. Using your mentality, anyone who has a dangerous job should quit. Sounds pretty stupid doesn't it?

Doug truly is an inspiration to thousands of people around the world.

I wish the best to Doug and Stacey.
Drop the Hammer

New Haven, CT

#13 Jun 27, 2008
I didn't stop living life, I just put someone else's (my family) needs ahead of my own. There are not many 'jobs' that are as dangerous as motor cross racing. Even ironworkers, crab fishermen in Alaska, etc..are at least contributing something. Racing motorcycles is just a hobby that he happens to make money from. My point was, after his first serious injury, because he has kids and a wife who love him, maybe his energies would be better spent in less dangerous hobby. As his wife will undoubtedly tell you, life is too precious to take for granted risking it my jumping a motorcycles over piles of dirt. Most people would learn this after their FIRST serious injury.
Tom Cruise

Grand Haven, MI

#14 Jun 27, 2008
Drop the Hammer, Nascar is gay. I only did the movie to support my family. For you to use my quote as your user name is retarded. Get a life.
Drop the Hammer

New Haven, CT

#15 Jun 27, 2008
That's funny, I didn't realize the name is in that movie, I'm using it in the context of firearms. I agree with your assessment of NASCAR however.
Drop the Hammer also refers to the hammer on a gun.
suzuki204

Hightstown, NJ

#16 Jun 27, 2008
Drop the Hammer wrote:
I didn't stop living life, I just put someone else's (my family) needs ahead of my own. There are not many 'jobs' that are as dangerous as motor cross racing. Even ironworkers, crab fishermen in Alaska, etc..are at least contributing something. Racing motorcycles is just a hobby that he happens to make money from. My point was, after his first serious injury, because he has kids and a wife who love him, maybe his energies would be better spent in less dangerous hobby. As his wife will undoubtedly tell you, life is too precious to take for granted risking it my jumping a motorcycles over piles of dirt. Most people would learn this after their FIRST serious injury.
The fact that you refer to Doug Henry's racing activities as a "hobby" reflects how ignorant you are of the sport. That's like saying Richard Petty messed around with stock cars or Cal Ripken was a hobbyist that happened to get paid.
It might seem like a frivolous pasttime to you, but Doug Henry was born to race motorcycles, and invested every fibre of his being to attain the rank of NATIONAL CHAMPION several times over.
I had a friend that quit racing because he had a kid. He fell off a roof working construction and died...that taught me that you don't try and live life in a coccoon.
You should really keep your comments to yourself on this one. Doug Henry has been an inspiration to thousands of kids...
Ignorance is bliss

Suffield, CT

#17 Jun 27, 2008
So all NFL players with families are selfish. They should go to work at Walmart like you Hammer.
Drop the Hammer

New Haven, CT

#18 Jun 27, 2008
It's very simple, I just implied that I don't find a man who willingly risks his life while he has kids counting on him to be very inspirational. Especially after he already suffered a near fatal accident in 1995. I would say the same thing to Richard Petty, probably not Cal Ripken as I don't consider baseball to be as dangerous as motor cross racing. By calling it a hobby I wasn't implying it was easy, I was just saying it's not a traditional job like plumber or accountant.
I must call **** on you anecdote about your friend who fell of the roof. I find it hard to believe that someone with the strength and dexterity to race motorcycles 'fell off a roof'. Good story to try to prove a point though.
Drop the Hammer

New Haven, CT

#19 Jun 27, 2008
Ignorance is bliss wrote:
So all NFL players with families are selfish. They should go to work at Walmart like you Hammer.
I don't know. Ask Darryl Stingly's kids how they liked growing up with a father in a wheelchair.
I wonder why everyone is calling me names. I just said I didn't find a guy who risks his life on purpose all that inspirational.
On Vacation

Phoenix, AZ

#20 Jun 27, 2008
Hammer, because I respect other peoples opinions, I usually resist the urge to say something negative but in your case I'll make an exception. You are an ignorant troll and a sad example of a human being.

You say Doug's "hobby" doesn't contribute anything. Okay, how do you explain all the jobs that are a direct and indirect result of his racing. From the engineer who designs motorcycles, to the factory worker who builds them, to the trucker who transports them, to the sales person who sells them, to the mechanic who repairs them, and on and on and on. I'm sorry, but you, sir, are a moron. I will not respond to any more of your stupidity.

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