Manage episode 187343725 series 1521278
When Adam Gorlitsky, then a 19-year-old college student, awoke from a horrific car accident after falling asleep at the wheel, he was told he would never walk again.
The seasoned athlete, who was once celebrated for running a mile in under five minutes, was completely devastated by the news. The thought of not walking again was crushing and a reality he had a difficult time accepting. As the years passed, Adam set his sights on being an advocate for people with disabilities, focused on adapting to his new reality and how he could more forward in a positive way.
Ten years after his accident, Adam’s life dramatically changed again. He was chosen as a candidate for a new exoskeleton technology, a machine that would allow him to stand and walk again for the first time in a decade. The moment he stood, Adam knew his next mission; he was determined to help change other’s lives as well. His continued commitment to inspire others to action serves as the cornerstone his ReEnabled Race Tour.
In April of 2016 with 40,000 runners cheering him on, Adam became the first paralyzed man to complete the 10K Cooper River Bridge Run, beginning his ReEnabled Race Tour towards changing the lives of others and raising a million dollars for people with disabilities around the world. He races across the country, educating others on this technology that has changed his life, and encouraging others to demand it become a machine covered by insurance.
Adam continues to fight for the right to walk, one step at a time.
He is passionate about creating a safe environment for people living with a disability and their families around the world and wants to give others the courage to move forward in a positive and productive way. Today he speaks to groups around the nation educating others on not only living with a disability, but overcoming this adversity to live an extraordinary life.
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