A Thank-You Letter from Memo

Hello everybody and thanks so much for your support! I wish I could respond and say thank you individually to everyone who has written and posted well wishes on various websites and forums… but recovery and healing have been absolutely non-stop for me.

I have gone through a lot of difficult and painful things in my life and on the journey to the top of racing. But these last two months, since my Daytona crash, have easily taken the cake as the hardest and most painful. However, as difficult as this has been, I feel so unbelievably lucky because I am confident I can heal and get back to the Gidley I was before.

As lucky as I feel, I also know my journey ahead will require so much dedication and commitment.

MemoRecoveryI was in the hospital bed for nearly 5 weeks and I lost something like 20lbs of bodyweight… mostly muscle. I currently get surprised often how it takes to get this… actually really any muscle back on my thin frame. I broke and fractured something like 12 bones so this makes me working at an injured level that I have never been to in my life. The physical therapy from this point is overwhelming if you try to think of all the work. I have my up and down days… but I know every day I will give it my complete effort and work as hard as I can. As a racer… or person that has never been in a difficult situation like this, I have so much respect now for those who have.

I want to, once again, thank everyone who has helped me…in so many ways. All of the IMSA Tudor Championship safety people who got me out of the unbelievably wrecked DP and got me to the hospital, as well as the entire Tudor Series organization and leader, Jim France.

All of the people that helped me at Daytona Halifax hospital. Nurses, helpers etc., and the surgeons that did such a fantastic job operating on my numerous broken bones…something like twelve fractures, from what I understand.

And all of my friends, various team members, and so many people that came out to see me at the Daytona Halifax hospital during that first week while I was beginning my recovery. Thanks.

My team, Gainsco/Bob Stallings Racing. Bob and his team have been so great to me. What an awesome group of people that have given me so much support. Thank you.

My Mom and girlfriend, who have been by my side daily, and to my young daughter and all of my family. So many thanks and so much love to all of them.

All of my current physical trainers and helpers and medical professionals from various places who have gotten me to this point… and will help me get to the future.

All of the thousands of fans and friends who have shown me their support. From cards, emails, texts, Facebook and Twitter posts, forums, articles, etc. etc. I have faced some really difficult days – please know that all of you got me to the next day. Thanks so much… please know how grateful I am.

Also, the race teams that applied #All4Memo decals on their race cars for the 12 Hours of Sebring…that was awesome.

I’m sure I missed a few folks – forgive me, but know that I’m thankful. I am thankful to everyone who wants me to recover.

And just so all my friends know, last Friday I took my first steps using just a walker. I was able to put all my weight on my two legs and walk around the inside of the physical therapy center! It was awesome to be up using my own power!

I have a lot of work ahead of me, but because of the people behind me, and my determination, I will heal and get strong again.

Thanks, again, to all those Memomaniacs! I love you all and will get back out onto the racetrack as soon as I can and make you proud!

14 Responses to “A Thank-You Letter from Memo”

  1. Ed Vennik March 30, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

    Great to see the picture of you upright and making progress. It has to be tough, but you came into this situation in good physical shape, and that has to be a help moving forward.

    Know that you are in our thoughts, and we are pulling for you.

  2. Tom Goodman March 30, 2014 at 6:11 pm #

    Keep up the good work Memo! We all look forward your return to competition!

  3. evldog March 30, 2014 at 6:25 pm #

    Wishing you continued improvement. I’m really happy you are making such great progress. Know that all of your family, friends, and fans are pulling for you everyday. Can’t wait to see you back on the track!

  4. Scott Meyer March 30, 2014 at 6:28 pm #

    Awesome update. You are the most dedicated and passionate person I have ever met. I know you will overcome this and be better then ever.

  5. Ann Slaughterbeck (road mom) March 30, 2014 at 11:29 pm #

    It’s great to see you standing. All of the gang sends their best wishes for a full
    recovery. Can’t wait to see you back on the track.

  6. Dino March 31, 2014 at 1:09 am #

    Great news Memo. Been following your racing for years and saw the devastating accident. Glad to hear of your tremendous advances in your road back. Keep it going and hope to see you driving or whatever makes you happy.

  7. Erwin Gzz March 31, 2014 at 8:28 pm #

    Its a grate Pic and to see you stand by your own Memo i wish you a fast recover, keep on going!!

  8. Thomas Poleski April 1, 2014 at 2:16 am #

    Great news Memo ! We’re thinking of you.
    Thomas & Amanda Poleski

  9. Jim Price April 2, 2014 at 8:22 pm #

    Memo, you are one amazing member of this human race!!! We are with you all the way… Saw your sis a few weeks ago and she let us know how well you have been progressing… Hope to see you on the mountain very very soon!!! Jim on behalf of the Lake Arrowhead Price family

  10. Walter Reed April 6, 2014 at 6:01 pm #

    Glad to hear you are recovering. Whether you get back in the car or not after this you are an inspiration to those who have to go out there and fight to recover. Keep the chin up, keep the fight up and the entire racing community will be looking for you at the track when you are next there

  11. noll family May 17, 2014 at 1:08 am #

    You are an incredible athlete and a personal inspiration. Your story of starting in karts and “making it’ is the most motivational story I can think of for amateur racers like me. I look forward to seeing you back out at the track and stay strong Memo!

  12. aj July 22, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

    At the track that day. Makes my back injury some 60-years ago after I got a car upside down seem like nothing even though the pain is still with me. All the best to you and your girl friend. I hope she gives you the good support that I don’t always have.


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