Some Better News

Last week, we received some better news about Alexa Kropf, the University at Albany student hospitalized after she was hit by a dirt bike last month. While acknowledging that there's still a long road ahead, her father told reporters that she's now out of a coma and off a ventilator.

Shortly after the incident, a good friend of the family named Christina Loper created a GoFundMe page to help Alexa and her family offset some of the exorbitant medical bills, and there's been an outpouring of generosity.

Outpouring of Generosity

As of Monday morning, the total amount of cash donations sent to the family was fast approaching six figures, and right now, they've received nearly $99,500 of the $102,000 they set as their GoFundMe goal.

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Alexa has been removed off of all assistive medical devices, a remarkable step toward recovery. Photo: GoFundMe.com
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"Alexa is going to need multiple surgeries and will have a VERY long recovery. She will need to be medevaced home when she is stable enough. Roni (Alexa's mom) and her dad Jim will need to be by her side and will need assistance with medical bills and will be out of work for a long time as Alexa’s recovery is going to long and extensive. Roni has the hugest heart of anyone (I) know. She has been my rock and has helped me through the hardest of times. Please whatever you can contribute no amount is too small. I know she would appreciate this from the very bottom of her heart." - Christine M, organizer of this fundraiser.

As you can see, there was no shortage of generosity from people, some more than likely strangers, who stepped up with $10, $50, $200, and even 1000-dollar donations for the family.

Dirt Bike Sting Operation

Last week, residents learned some updated news about a city-wide problem plaguing Albany for years. Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple announced they had conducted another successful dirt bike sting operation.

According to a report from News 10 ABC, Albany County Sheriff's seized another 15 bikes (10 were taken off the streets one week prior) while issuing 36 traffic violations and one arrest for aggravated unlicensed operation.

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The Albany County Sheriff's Office seized 15 more illegal dirt bikes last week. Photo: Sheriff Craig Apple Facebook
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"We Will Not Stop"

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple posted a picture of the recently confiscated bikes to his Facebook page, along with a vow to keep going after these morons who wreak havoc on the city.

Here was his message:

"15 more bikes (motorcycles) being operated illegally on city streets were removed last night after another detail was held to make the streets safe. We will not let up."

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Alexa Kropf, and we continue to wish her a speedy and full recovery.

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