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My name is Aaron Baker, and I am a recovering quadriplegic. Prior to my injury I was a professional motocross racer. May 26, 1999 I crashed while practicing, breaking cervical vertebras 4-5-6 in my neck. Lying there in the dirt motionless and completely aware of my plight brought forth a life altering realization of my place in life. No longer a professional motorcycle rider, or skate boarder, surfer, snowboarder, mountain biker, or even a simple fisherman made me realize that I am destined to do far greater things in my life than winning championships aboard a motorcycle. Things that affect peoples lives. I can help people through my own adversity bringing hope and inspiration to those without.

While in the hospital my neurosurgeon diagnosed me as a complete quadriplegic, having only a one in a million chance of regaining any function below my level of injury. However, through my intense desire to optimize the quality of my life, through eternal optimism and exercise I have been able to focus my mind and energy resulting in a slow tedious return of function and strength.

From the moment I hit the ground I knew I was to embark on a journey of almost unimaginable power, for to overcome an injury of this magnitude takes more than just the fire inside me. I am blessed with a family and friends that have united to embrace each other turning tragedy into triumph. With the selfless support of these amazing people I have been able to set and achieve many goals for my self on my long road to complete recovery and independence.
I am an athlete, mentally, physically, and emotionally. I choose to face my challenges and to rise above and overcome with excellence! I am committed to inspiring not only through my words but my actions. I am of the philosophy that “what the mind can conceive and believe you truly can achieve”.  I am honored to have the opportunity to share my experiences and to influence people in the world of spinal cord injury and disability.   
 Aaron has been on two wheels since the age of three. He began his racing career when he was five years old, collecting hundreds of race wins and numerous class championships. In 1995 Aaron earned amatuer racings most prestigous title at the "Lorretta Lynns Amatuer National Championships" held in Tennessee. Aaron also placed 1st in his classes at the "Ponca City Grand National Championships" in Oklahoma, and further scored victories at the "Team Green Youth World Championships". Aaron received his professional licence in September 1998 and continued to progress his racing career. February 1999 Aaron signed with the professional racing team "Stiffie Suzuki" located in Simi Valley, California. May 1999 was when Aaron was forced into early retirement from motorcycle racing...
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