It’s tough to be on Facebook right now. I see a lot of folks complaining about having to stay home and deal with their kids being out of school. Granted, being unemployed is tough. Keeping children occupied when there’s no place to take them is challenging. Isolation leads to depression and malcontent. I acknowledge all of these, but here at October Golf Magazine we see far worse.
Steve Mitchell was told he’d never walk again. Traden Karch was in a vegetative state at fourteen years old. Lex Luger lost everything. These are all stories of people who overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The Coronavirus has put us in a tough spot, but limiting human contact for a few weeks is not the worst thing that can happen. Just ask Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham.
If You Can’t Walk, Roll with It
Aaron Fotheringham was born with Spina Bifida. He has never walked, yet he’s one of the most well-known athletes on the planet. In his formative years he tried crutches and braces, but movement was awkward and painful. At eight years old, he switched to a wheelchair. Shortly thereafter, his older brother Brian talked him into “dropping in” to a BMX quarter pipe. A star was born.
Today, “Wheelz” Fotheringham has his own sport. He calls it WCMX, which is short for “Wheelchair Motocross.” He is credited with performing the fist wheelchair backflip, double backflip, and front flip. He also jumped a 50-foot gap back in 2012 and holds the world record for highest ramp jump by wheelchair. By doing performances all over the world, Aaron inspires and motivates countless wheelchair-bound children and adults.
In 2008, Aaron was asked by an ESPN reporter to define Spina Bifida. “An opportunity,” he replied with a smile. We’d like to challenge all of you to view our current situation in the same light. There’s an amazing opportunity available to us. We can bitch about being out of work and bark at our kids, or we can enjoy some much-needed time off and cherish quality moments with our families. Life hasn’t stopped and it doesn’t suck. Life is good. Believe it. Share it.