Monday, December 21, 2009

A Real Hero

As we swiftly approach the holidays and look under our trees with great interest I want to share a very uplifting and inspiring story I stumbled upon.

Aaron Fotheringham is clearly the type of person who simply won’t take no for an answer or settle for the status quo. He was born with a birth defect in his spinal cord, which has stricken him to a wheelchair. Despite this handicap he has been determined to pursue his passion for BMX and ‘extreme’ sports in general. Clearly given his physical handicap riding a bicycle was out of the question so he was able to create his own sport using his wheelchair. Attempting the same sorts of tricks and maneuvers you may see on the X-Games, Aaron has made a name for himself as a pioneer in “Hardcore Sitting”. In 2006 he achieved a milestone by pulling off the first back flip in a wheelchair and ever since then he has received world wide recognition.

Simply put the kid is impressive. I am simply amazed by the determination and bravery it takes to do what Aaron has accomplished. What makes his story even better is the effort he has made to be a great role model. During the summer and Aaron attends camps for disabled children to serve as a coach and encourage them to follow their dreams just as he has. Check the video below and watch Aaron in action, I am sure you will be as impressed as I am.

I hope you enjoyed this story and that it may inspire you to do something amazing. Happy Holidays and thanks for reading!

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