When skateboarding had nearly disappeared in the early 1980s, Allen Losi was one of the young pros who stuck with it. He pushed the technical limits and helped reinvent skateboarding for a new generation, which included many of us who were inspired by him and have now come together to help Allen.
It was on a foundation of technical vert skating pioneered by Allen, his Variflex teammate Eddie Elguera, Tony Hawk, and others that skateboarding re-emerged and was re-invented in the ’80s. Throughout the decade, Allen was at the forefront of both the competitive and cultural scene, continuing to push skateboarding’s limits and promote it around the world. Allen’s on-board exploits were well documented in the pages and on the covers of iconic publications like Thrasher Magazine and TransWorld Skateboarding, and in 2018 earned him an induction to the Skateboarding Hall Of Fame.Donate Now
This gifted athlete and skate pioneer, who was once among the best in the world, has been debilitated by CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome), a progressive disease of the Autonomic Nervous System that has him fighting to manage intense chronic pain. While CRPS is usually limited to one’s limbs, Allen has full body Type-2 CRPS, so every cell in his body is affected.
After being accepted for a new experimental treatment, Allen’s doctors believe that he is on the verge of a technological and medical breakthrough. A new treatment has shown extreme promise in cases just like Allen’s. With this highly specialized therapy, and his complete commitment, Allen may be able to find a better quality of life. But maintaining his insurance and facing thousands of dollars in costs for these therapies and other uncovered medications have proven too much for Allen to do alone.
With the specter of gaining control of his condition, Allen is determined to improve to a degree that allows him to resume regular work and even get back on his skateboard, to relish the sensation of rolling and flowing—perhaps not as he once did, but enough to experience the stoke of skateboarding once again.
The international skateboarding phenomenon we see today has its roots in the innovations that Allen and his generation contributed. This is an opportunity to show our gratitude for Allen’s contributions to skateboarding and the rich experience it’s been for all of us, and to help him return to a thriving and sustained quality of life.
Let’s be there for our fellow man who has done so much for the progression and evolution of skateboarding, and the lifestyle we love and cherish! Let’s partner together to help Allen Losi on the path to recovery without the stress of worrying about whether he will be able to get medical attention or afford treatment for his symptoms. I love you all for your sacrifice to help a friend and brother in need. – Christian HosoiDonate Now
We live in very unfortunate times, and some are more fortunate than others, but if there’s a need the community finds a way to fulfill that need. This is where, as a skateboarding community, we can all help another brother and friend who has contributed so much to our industry in his early years and has influenced a generation of skateboarders. Allen suffers from CRPS which is something most people can’t understand, nor will they ever experience it. Physically, emotionally, and financially it’s taken a toll on Mr. Losi and here’s a way to help in any way your heart desires. I thank you in advance for all your love and support for our fellow friend — and one talented individual. Love you, Allen – Steve CaballeroDonate Now
Skateboarding thanks Allen deeply for what he has created and shares with us. All skateboarders have gone through pains, but not like the CRPS pains that Allen has experienced. There is not much earthly understanding or relief from it, Al has said. The amazing doctors and treatments take a toll. The love and encouragement that we can send him is appropriate. Any financial help is appreciated. – Lance MountainDonate Now
If Losi had cancer, it’d be something we can all wrap our heads around. But he’s got CRPS and it’s hard for people to understand, and they need to understand in order to want to help. – Jeff GrossoDonate Now