Guy on Wheels

Guy on Wheels
Woodstock, NB  Canada
Well I am 26 going on 27.  In August of 2001 after returning from a party at a lake the ladies decided to go for a swim to cool off.  I sat on the deck until I decided that I needed a dip too.  I ran down the warf past the girls who were already in the water.  I noticed the water was up to their necks.  I ran another 40 ft passed them and dove in.  This was truely a defining moment in my life.  My hands hit the bottom of the lake and drove my arms and shoulders back crushing my C5 vertabrae.  The water was only 3 ft deep and the girls had been sitting in the water not standing.  I couldn't move or even lift my head to tell them I was in trouble.  It was a bright full moon and I could see the feet of people in the water.  They rolled me over and I explained what was going on so they wouldn't move me.  I spent 45 minutes in the water before an ambulance arrived.  I eventually was airlifted to a larger city hospital to under go surgery.  I had no complications and miraculously I was transferred to a rehab center in only eight days. I shouldn't have gone for 4-6 weeks.  I spent about 3 1/2 months there where I progressed further than anyone's expectations.  While there I kept my positive frame of mind and actually served to help change people's attitudes and gave them hope but mostly I just befriended people who needed a friend more than ever.  I actually went back to work the monday after being released.  I now act as our local committee chair for the P.A.R.T.Y Program (www.partyprogram.com) and have been speaking as an injury survivor since returning home.  I am a board member of the Canadian Paraplegic Assc.(N.B. Inc) and in the last year was appointed a board member for the Stan Cassidy Center for Rehabilitation Center Foundation and also a cabinet member for the fundraising board.  Eventually I would like to get into politics but right now while I'm young and can connect with young people I want to do this.  I believe it is my calling.  Thank you for taking the time to read this.


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