Motivational speaker | Athlete | Influencer | Founder of Disabled But Not Really
“Years ago, I suffered from a spinal cord injury after being shot multiple times. After my spinal cord injury, a profound depression sent me into a dark place. I found myself as a single father in a wheelchair, adjusting to a completely new and difficult lifestyle. I was also dangerously overweight. But my daughter inspired me. My love for her is greater than she’ll ever know. And that love inspired me to take action. I began a weight loss journey with a fitness and nutrition regiment. My physical and mental transformation was something that I realised had potential to help others who may be in similar situations. I wanted to help other individuals who were struggling, so I founded my non-profit, Disabled But Not Really.
As founder of Disabled But Not Really (DBNR), I’m shaking things up in the world of disability awareness and adaptive fitness. Disabled But Not Really (DBNR) advocates for the disabled community by raising awareness about Spinal Cord Injury (SCI), promoting mental and physical wellness, and engaging diverse audiences through local and national events. People deserve to know they are more than their circumstances. I also strive to be a role model. I challenge myself physically and mentally to achieve new things all the time. I participate in adaptive athlete competitions. I use blogs and a podcast to connect with diverse audiences and highlight the accomplishments of other adaptive athletes. Then I share my personal story and message at schools, companies, and other organisations.
There’s a serious lack of awareness when it comes to fitness and disabilities. As we approach 2020 and are still have these conversations it has shown me that this is a move people don’t want to believe is true. I believe in order to disrupt a system that wasn’t created to give ultimate independence you have to be that example.”