Jared's story is an inspirational one but also a tragic one. Jared first defied the odds when he was hit by a car at the age of 7 sustaining life threatening brain and other injuries. Doctors gave him no chance of survival and he spent three and a half weeks in a coma. Doctors said he would never walk or talk again but he defied medical odds and Jared not only survived but lived a remarkable life – he finished school, went to University, started a retail sports store, trekked the Kokoda Trail to name just a few achievements. Jared also supported many local charity and community groups including his involvement in a group called TRAG – Teenagers Road Accident Group – which saw him visiting schools and speaking to Year 11 students about the dangers of modern driving. Jared was a member of the Casey Concert Band as a trumpeter, where he was the bands' longest serving member.
Jared was chosen to take part in the Queens Baton Relay in the lead up to the 2006 Commonwealth Games, aged 24. At the time, he said he hoped his story and his run with the Baton showed people they could overcome obstacles and achieve success.
In an unbelievable tragedy, Jared was killed on 22nd February 2013, aged 31, when he fell from his bike while taking part in a charity cycling event and was struck by a truck and trailer travelling in the same direction. Jared loved riding his bike and he was taking part in his second Rotary Ride to Conference charity bike ride. The ride raised $66,000 for three Rotary projects.
Since his passing, Jared has been awarded a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary District 9820. This is one of Rotary's highest awards and was awarded for Jared's contribution to the community.
Jared was the oldest child of John and Kathy Dunscombe and had one sister, Jonelle. His family was the world to him – his parents, sister, brother in law and most especially his two nephews, Kalen and Makai. Jared was the most doting of Uncles and Kalen adored him. Makai was just 11 days old when Jared passed.
All who knew Jared remember his big smile, his loving personality and his zest for life. He always went out of his way to help others. He was determined, courageous and an inspiration to all who knew him.
Originally published on Jared Dunscombe's website.
To learn more about Jared and The Jared Dunscombe Fund please visit http://jaredfund.org.au/.