Michael Schumacher celebrates his 50th birthday today, and in a rare statement, his family urge his fans to celebrate, promising they are “doing everything humanly possible to help him” as he continues to recover from severe head injuries.
Schumacher’s family thanked fans for their continued support, but said that they would continue to keep the F1 legend’s condition private.
Schumaker fell and hit his head during a family skiing holiday in the French Alps in December 2013, and is still recovering from what was considered life threatening injuries.
In a statement on his official Facebook page, his family said that they are proud of him, and that he is in the best of hands.
“We are very happy to celebrate Michael’s 50th birthday … together with you and thank you from the bottom of our hearts that we can do this together. As a gift to him, you and us, Keep Fighting Foundation has created a virtual museum.
“Michael can be proud of what he has achieved, and so are we! That’s why we remember his successes with the Michael Schumacher Private Collection exhibition in Cologne, by publishing memories in social media and by continuing his charitable work through the Keep Fighting Foundation. We want to remember and celebrate his victories, his records and his jubilation.
“You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands and that we are doing everything humanly possible to help him. Please understand if we are following Michael’s wishes and keeping such a sensitive subject as health, as it has always been, in privacy. At the same time we say thank you very much for your friendship and wish you a healthy and happy year 2019.”
Schumacher was named as a UNESCO Champion for sport in 2002, and had a career that spanned from 1991 to 2012. In that time, he raced 308 times, winning 91. He raced for Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari and Mercedes.