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The Ghost Inside: Bassist Jim Riley Details Horrific Bus Crash, United the United Launches Charity Auction

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The Ghost Inside continue their road to recovery — physical and otherwise — following their horrific bus crash this past November.

First, bassist Jim Riley, who has had multiple surgeries since the accident, has shared this harrowing and emotional recollection of the incident:

I went to bed last night knowing today was going to be emotional. On November 19th I woke up to a living nightmare. I knew something bad had happened but no clue the extent. I checked to make sure I wasn't impaled by anything and got myself out that back window. I was the first person out of the bus and the first to see the scene. The next two hours were a blur. Everything was confusion. Fearing for the lives of my best friends and learning of the two drivers' lives lost. One by one the other guys emerged from the wreckage, a couple on their own but most on backboards. I remember feeling lost and helpless. I'm the tour dad; the guy that fixes what breaks and looks after our little family. I was stuck on the sideline while my guys fought for their survival. Even now, I want to heal them. I would trade my body for theirs in a heartbeat. But they are teaching me the true meaning of strength every day. In the face of countless doctors, complications, and a totally unexpected new life, they remain unbroken. To speak to them you wouldn't know what they are growing through. Still joking and smiling, still finding the single rays of sunshine in what could be an overwhelming storm. Some days suck. We have each other. Some days are great. We have each other. But above it all, we have the days and the chance to get through them and see another. This life is an incredible gift and I am fortunate to share it with such warriors. To the rest of The Ten, you inspire me immeasurably. Hey death, get fucked.

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“Hey Death, get fucked.” I mean, how can you NOT be rooting for these dudes?

To that end, you should have a look at this eBay auction being held by Unite the United, a non-profit fundraising organization founded by the producers of the Vans Warped Tour, Rockstar Energy Energy Mayhem Festival, and the Country Throwdown Tour. They’ve got lotsa sweet memorabilia, including gear used and/or signed by bands like Whitechapel, Miss May I, A Day to Remember, Rancid, and Ice Nine Kills, and 100% of the proceeds will go to The Ghost Inside. So it’s a great opportunity to buy some cool stuff and be a cool person. Check it out here.

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