GoFundMe aims to get Phil Boudreault back on the bike

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Former Olympic boxer and longtime Hells Angels member Phil Boudreault has made good progress in his recovery from a shooting this past spring, according to a GoFundMe page set up by his girlfriend to help with his medical costs.

Boudreault, a Sudbury native who now lives in Quebec, was shot in the back while riding his motorcycle near Lachute, Que. on April 16. Police linked the shooting to organized crime.

Boudreault suffered a punctured lung and other serious injuries including pieces of shrapnel lodged in his vertebrae, prompting doctors to place him in an induced coma for a time. Since then, he has reportedly made strides in his recovery, but needs help to cover his medical bills.

"Thankfully, it is an incomplete injury and with the right rehabilitation, he will be back on his feet!" wrote Boudreault's girlfriend, Meg Rose, on the GoFundMe page. "His progress has been amazing, yet extremely difficult due to extreme amounts of pain and costly medical bills and supplies that are (surprisingly) not covered ... after several months of trying to keep up with the cost of living and all these extra costs, we've come to the realization that it's impossible without the help of our family and friends. Let's get Phil the equipment and supplies he needs to recover to his fullest potential and get him back on the bike that we love so much!!"

The crowdfunding page Help Get Crazy Back On The Bike!!, which was posted on Tuesday can be found at www.gofundme.com/35p06yo, had raised $1,740 towards its goal of $50,000 as of Wednesday afternoon.

Several donors, including some who claimed to represent motorcycle clubs in different parts of Canada, had posted their well-wishes on the page.

"Such a tragic event," wrote one donor, Noel Allen. "Speedy recovery and hope that Crazy is back on two wheels ASAP."

"Get well soon crazy!" posted another, Ryan Abele. "Much L$R henchmen MC Winnipeg!"

Dubbed The Sudbury Sensation, Boudreault represented Canada in the light welterweight division at the 1996 Summer Olympics and became a hero both locally and nationally for a time for his spirited showing in Atlanta. 

He finished fourth in his weight class and was one victory away from winning bronze, but appeared to have a promising pro career ahead of him.

Since then, however, Boudreault has often found himself in trouble with the law.

The former boxer was declared a long-term offender in August 2005, after he was found guilty of a vicious assault on a Valley East father and son in March, 2004. One of the victims suffered a broken jaw in three places, the loss of some teeth and part of his jawbone, and bruised ribs.

In August 2007, Boudreault was placed on a five-year long-term supervision order after completing a two-year prison term for the assault. The Crown had sought to have him declared a dangerous offender.

Boudreault made several attempts to resume his boxing career and compiled a 5-1 record as a professional, but couldn’t stay out of legal trouble.

In 2013, he told a Sudbury court he planned to leave the city after he was sentenced to 90 days in jail for violating his long-term supervision order.

"I have overstayed my welcome, obviously," Boudreault said at the time.

Boudreault, 41, became vice-president of the Hells Angels Ontario Nomads, though he was living in Quebec. He and his girlfriend were reportedly moving ahead before the shooting to open a clothing and tanning shop in Lachute called Crazy's.

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