Jason Graber, a resident of Phoenix, Arizona, was awarded $3,100 for a new Invacare Top End Force 3 hand cycle for training and competitive racing.
In 1994, Jason was injured in a roll over car accident. Since then, he’s grown as an athlete, looking for ways to be active and competitive. Cycling not only allows him to train and compete, but also to enjoy rides with his wife and taking his dogs out for long runs.
Jason learned of the Will2Walk Scholarship & Sponsorship Program through the Virginia G. Piper Sports and Fitness Center (SpoFit), where he works part time. “Words can’t express how grateful I am to have been chosen to receive this grant. When you have a SCI and want to be active it isn’t cheap. Equipment is easily $2000 – if not more – and I think that discourages people from getting out and getting active,” says Jason. “We need more foundations like W2W to give folks the financial help they need to do more for themselves.”
Hand cycling became Jason’s sport as it allowed him to pursue fitness independently or with family and friends. “A lot of adaptive sports are heavily volunteer based, but cycling is not. Just get on and go.”
Jason’s advice for those living with SCI is “make each day count. Get out and get active. You’ll feel and look better.”
The Will2Walk Scholarship & Sponsorship Program is designed to provide funding to individuals and qualified organizations that exemplify how those with spinal cord injuries can live a healthy, active and independent lifestyle. If you or someone you know could benefit from the Will2Walk Scholarship & Sponsorship Program, details can be found at Will2Walk.org.