After I suffered a spinal cord injury while speedflying in June 2013, my future seemed uncertain. The thought of never being able to fly was devastating so I knew I needed to do everything possible to heal my body. My spine fusion was not healing well so I moved to Maui and began my own therapy regiment. A healthy mind, body and soul was key to my recovery. I feel lucky to have found Ocean therapy, CBD and Apitherapy. With crutches and leg braces, my first flight back, 10,000′ above the Pacific confirmed my future in free-flight!
In a way, Fly Again evolved into the Sky ThAIRapy non-profit. The crew is still hoping to produce a short film about our past year’s experiences with adaptive paragliding.
Joe Stone a fellow adative athlete (Joe Stone Foundation) pioneered the site, and all its launches, for wheelchair users. We know we will be seeing a lot more of Joe this year as our Sky ThAIRapy program grows! The flight park will be a perfect home base for anyone who wants to learn to Paraglide or Speed-Fly with an adaptive approach!
One thing that kept me positive when I was having a hard time after paralysis, was knowing there’s so many others on this planet that would do anything to be in my place. I’m so grateful to have found AccesSurf, a nonprofit based in HI that helps anyone surf, because it really opened my eyes about how we can help one another. Becoming involved in volunteering and even competing as an adaptive surfer really inspired me to help others realize they can do anything they want with some effort. We should all strive to motivate people with disabilities to follow their passion and always work towards improving our situation.
We will have one event per month for tandem paragliding participants. The participant will be nominated by local and national groups. Please follow this blog and our social media pages to see some ridiculously inspirational stuff!
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