Following his return on the FX TV series "Sons of Anarchy" as the character Greg the Peg, amputee actor and veteran BMX rider/X Games competitor Kurt Yaeger has joined forces with AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) to raise funds for AIDS research, support and testing. Yaeger will take place in an APLA AIDS Walk on Saturday, October 14 to help fund the cause.
Yaeger understands the value and importance of charitable donations and fundraising. In 2006, following a motorcycle accident in San Francisco, doctors were forced to amputate Yaeger's left leg below the knee. Yaeger endured 28 surgeries, and remained in the hospital for four months, followed by a year of downtime. Faced with depression, Yaeger's spirits were lifted by friends and family.
"When I was down after the motorcycle accident that took my leg all my Nor Cal BMX brothers rallied around me. [Chad] Kagy helped raise money for my bills, Cameron Birdwell (who's in the hospital right now with a broken foot) Squirrel, Matt, Joey, Oscar and their families came to lift my spirits in the hospital and all of them are still with me, as brothers, to this day. But what if I didn't have them, or my family to help me. What would I do then?" said Yaeger.
Yaeger eventually went on to ride at X Games, and became the first amputee BMXer to land backflips and tailwhips. Following his injuries, Yaeger also took up acting. He posted a photo of himself on a website called "Amputees in Hollywood," and a few weeks later, received a call to appear in "Charlie Wilson's War" alongside Tom Hanks. For there, more roles followed, including "Dolphin Tale" with Morgan Freeman, "Knife Fight" with Rob Lowe, "War Flowers" with Christina Ricci and now with Ron Perlman on "Sons of Anarchy."
Yaeger now recognizes the need for him to give back. "Not everyone gets to have the support I had," said Yaeger. "It's time to give when you can give, and receive when you need."
"That's why I'm walking and raising money," he continued. "To help those who may not have the support network that I was blessed to have."
The AIDS Walk Los Angeles starts at 10 a.m. on October 14, beginning in West Hollywood. Yaeger is currently accepting donations through his team page on the APLA website and he will be updating his progress during the walk on his Twitter account.