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Time line of events and milestones

1995-

  • Motocross Amateur National Champion (Loretta Lynn’s)
  • Grand National Champion (Ponca City)
  • Youth World Champion

1998- Motocross turned Professional

  • Signed with Stiffie Suzuki (Simi Valley)

1999- Spinal Cord Injury & Respiratory Failure

  • C- 4,5,6, initially diagnosed as complete injury (re-diagnosed as incomplete central- cord, compression syndrome with lesion)
  • Lungs filled with fluid (pneumonia) suffocated and flat lined for 1 minute

RECOVERY & REDEFINITION:

NOTE: For the first 3 years of this recovery process Aaron was completely dependent (Aaron needed full assistance with all activities of daily living i.e. bathing, feeding, dressing and moving)

1-12 months

  • Weaned off ventilator (breathing machine)
  • Wiggled painted toes
  • Aquatic Therapy movements (swimming pool)
  • Sitting and Standing (standing frame) with FULL Body bracing against gravity
  • Control electric, motorized wheelchair independently
  • Mothers birthday hug (VERY slight, single arm)
  • Standing and Step with FULL Body bracing and assistance from therapists
  • Grew hair long until walked (FULL Body bracing, four-wheel walker & assistance) out of acute rehabilitation hospital (apprx. 100 steps)

2-3 years

  • Increased standing and stepping ability (independently) in aquatic therapy (swimming pool)
  • Fathers day hug (stronger, both arms)
  • Pedaled stationary Recumbent bicycle (strapped to pedals)
  • Improved independent stepping within parallel bars (on land)
  • Systematically reducing trunk, hip, knee and ankle bracing (on land)
  • Decreased walking aids i.e.: Four wheeled walker, walker, arm crutches, four point cane, single point cane (on land)
  • Pedaled Upright stationary bicycle

NOTE: All subsequent milestones were achieved based on the continued assistance (from mother Laquita) facilitating energy management, an optimal healing environment (home) and daily Restorative Exercise with Clinical Exercise Physiologist (Taylor Isaacs).

3-4 years

  • 1st Golf swing
  • 1st Tandem Bicycle ride (5 minutes)
  • 1st Motorcycle ride (mini bike)
  • 1st Jet ski ride

TANDEM BICYCLE:

  • 2003 L.A. Marathon
  • 2004 L.A. Marathon
  • 2005 L.A. Marathon
  • 2006 Rosarito to Ensenada Mexico & Mammoth Mountain Kamikaze Downhill
  • 2007 Rise Above Tour cross-country ride- San Diego Ca. - St. Augustine Fl. -3,182 mi.

TRIKE BIKE:

  • 2008 L.A. Marathon
  • 2008 Rise Above Tour cross-country ride- San Francisco Ca. – Washington D.C. -4,202 mi.
  • 2009 Begin U.S. Paralympic Training (Chula Vista Olympic Training Center)
  • 2009 National Championships (Bend Or.) Disqualified
  • 2010 National Championships (Bend Or.) DNF - Crash
  • 2011 National Championships (Augusta Ga.) GOLD!
  • 2012 Selected to National U.S. Paralympic Team (Talent Pool) for London Olympic Games

January 1st, 2011 (1-1-11) opened C.O.R.E. (Center of Restorative Exercise)

WALK:

  • October 2013 Walked 20 mi. across Death Valley, Ca. Independently! (6 days)
  • MAY 2014 RED BULL WORLD RUN!

OFF ROAD BIKE:

  • TBA

Summation:

My process of recovery and redefinition has only been realized by a collective effort of full commitment. Without this support and effort, none of the above achievements would have been realized, nor would my current state of ability and health be possible.

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