Fremont, California (EastBayDaily) — Few understand the true meaning of “perseverance” the way those living with paralysis do. For Marcus Williams, perseverance embodies all that he does, from staying positive despite being paralyzed to serving as an advocate for sobriety and spinal cord injury awareness.
Williams, 37 was injured August 2013 when an uninsured drunk driver hit his truck and fled the scene. Williams recounts very little that day, having blacked out before he was ejected from his truck, landing in the fast lane. The driver fled the scene but was eventually caught in a high speed chase new El Cerrito, CA.
Today, Williams looks back on that fateful day with forgiveness and is focusing his energy on being an advocate for those that have suffered similar accidents. Williams says, “don’t feel sorry for me. This is a blessing and I am going to work hard to overcome this.”
His mental fortitude makes him a wonderful addition to the Project Walk Paralysis Recovery Center Ambassador program. Peers regard Marcus as an inspiration, and he has since started the LYDOLifeProject (LYDO), a non-profit/non-political organization dedicated to spreading spinal cord injury awareness and sobriety in the Bay Area.
“We always seek Ambassadors who can serve a mentor for the injury,” says Brian Malkinson, Director of Operations. “Marcus is an amazing mentor to new spinal cord injury patients; always willing to help those struggling. We are humbled he is willing to join the Project Walk team.”
Project Walk exists to provide an improved quality of life for people living with paralysis and uses intense activity-based recovery backed by research and technology to expose those affected by paralysis to the most forward-thinking rehabilitation in the industry.
“Life doesn’t stop when you become paralyzed,” says Williams. “In some ways, I feel like my life began with my injury. I am so excited to be part of Project Walk and believe that I have a real chance of recovering here.”
Project Walk Paralysis Recovery Centers opened its newest location in Fremont, CA in late March, and is busy helping people affected by paralysis.
For more information on Project Walk and its programs, please visit http://www.ProjectWalk.com.
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