"The effect that Wheelz has on the crowd is out of this world. I mean, we have the best in the world of action sports, and more people come to see Wheelz than anybody else." (Travis Pastrana, X Games gold medalist and Nitro Circus organizer, leader and performer)
Many people succeed in spite of great challenges. Aaron "Wheelz" Fotheringham is not one of those people. When asked by ESPN, "How do you define spina bifida?" Aaron responded, "A great opportunity." Consumed by the simple but logical belief that riding is more fun than walking, Aaron took his wheelchair and turned it into a toy, playing and practicing on it until there was no place he couldn't go. After beating his peers in all the BMX competitions he could enter, Aaron became the unicorn of the Nitro Circus team, the ultimate dream of every BMX rider and skateboarder alike. Aaron's biography so far includes pain, determination, failure, motivation, and unimagined success. And yet these things are incidental to the real story. What makes his story great is that his attitude is contagious, and Wheelz is anything but quarantined.
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Inspiring and Very Entertaining
Yes! It makes me realize that everyone has tough things that they have to get through in life but if we don't limit ourselves we can succeed far beyond what we imagined possible.
I loved how the author broke it down and made the story real. This is not some perfect kid who was born with super human powers. This is the story about a kid who had what most people would consider the world stacked against him and who refused to be pushed down. He pushed against the world's boundaries with hours of sweat, blood, and tears to earn every inch of success he received.
Bruce Hansen brought the story to life for me. The emotion he is able to communicate through voice, tone and inflection, helped me to feel like I was there in the crowd watching Aaron chanting, "Wheelz, Wheelz, Wheelz... "
"Wheelz is a fighter that can't be held back!"
Thank you for sharing this empowering story! I will recommend it to anyone looking for a good read.
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