On Jan 14th 2017, me and one of my closest friends Joel, who's more like a brother, were watching the Patriots vs Steelers. It was like any other playoff game night (PATS WON)!
The next day, Jan 15th, while playing a game of basketball, a severe life-changing injury occured that put Joel in the ICU.
Since then, with the help of Spaudling Rehab Center and the love and support from his friends and family, he's been able to keep a positive attitude and has seen some progression.
Amongst our many conversations, one of the topics we've discussed alot about is what people take for granted. While there are numerous examples, the ability to stand on your own two feet and move about as you please was most impactful to me.
I've always had a hatred for running, however that example made me think about what Joel would give, just be able to stand. This led me to make a promise to him that I would one day run the Marathon on his behalf.
Now, 3 years later, I have the opportunity to do just that! I'm not a runner but I'm no Quitter. This race is bigger than breaking my own barriers. Instead, this run will be for ALL of those who don't have the opportunity or ability to do so. I'll be running for them, spinal cord injury research and rehabilitation, and most importantly, my brother, Joel!
Check out some of his Journey at Spaulding here