Strength comes in many forms.
I just finished watching the @hbo documentary @anyoneofusfilm. It takes you pro mountain biker @paulbasmtb journey alongside sharing the stories of seventeen others who have faced spinal cord injuries.
The documentary begins with Basagoitia recording himself on the morning of his accident, sharing his excitement to compete in the 2015 Red Bull Rampage event. Followed with the footage of Basagoitia preparing for his run down the mountain, as we see and hear the other survivors talking about how their spinal cord injuries happened; from surfing to diving to childbirth to car accidents and falls. We see the footage of Basagoitia’s accident from a recording from a distance & from his own helmet cam. From there to him being airlifted to hospital. The filming continues for the next two years, sharing his journey for his fight to walk again (which he films himself) along with continued footage of the other survivors speaking on their own challenges and experiences.
It shows the raw honesty of the hardships, successes, every single face of this journey. Basagoitia says truthfully & openly “This fucking injury sucks. Hate it. Not going to lie. Every day I cry. I wake up, I’m devastated by it. But you guys keep me plugging away and trying my hardest to get back on my feet, and I will.”
I highly recommend everyone to take time to watch this extremely impactful documentary.
Thank you Paul Basagoitia, Steph Aiello, Aaron Baker, Jesse Billauer, Russel Burke, Tobias Forrest, Chelsie Hill, Patrick Ivison, Samantha Lopez, Mike Mac, Xander Mozejewski, Vanessa Osman, Morgan Ott, Sarah Petterson, Cynthia Ramirez, Annette Ross, Ron Weinreich, and Sam Willoughby for sharing your journeys with us.
@wingsforlife is a not-for-profit spinal cord research foundation. Their mission is to find a cure for spinal cord injury. They fund world-class scientific research and clinical trials around the globe aimed at healing the injured spinal cord.