Just in time for the Holidays, Triple Knot Productions and Wheelchair Sports and Recreation Association (WSRA) have released a new DVD about the inspiring life of quadriplegic and WSRA founder Charlie Ekizian.
Severely injured in a diving accident forty years ago, Charlie
has used athletics, physical fitness and prayer to maintain his
health without medications or hospitalization.
acknowledged in that moment that God had a plan for his
was given the strength he
needed to live a life that not only exceeded his
previous expectations of what his
life was meant to be, but also to serve as an example that no matter what challenges we are faced with, our lives can still have power and meaning.
At this point in his
has spent 40 years in a wheelchair because of quadriparesis, paralyzed from the chest down.
9-month in-hospital rehabilitation, he
lived independently, married, worked full-time for many years, volunteered extensively to help other people with disabilities, set national records in numerous wheelchair sports, coached disabled athletes, and ultimately, twenty years ago, started his
own charitable organization with his
wife Danielle to run weekly therapeutic sports programs for the mobility-impaired: Wheelchair Sports and Recreation Association, Inc.
After getting his degree in broadcasting, he served as a spokesman and appeared in countless TV, radio and newspaper spots to promote the integration of the mobility-impaired into community activities, beginning with sports and recreation and ending with employment and full inclusion.
dedicated work won him many honors along the way including the United Way's Extra Mile Award
, Massachusetts Governor's
Neighborhood Superstar Award, National Spinal Cord Injury Association's Spirit Award
, and New England Wheelchair Athletic Association's
Hall of Fame recognition.
Wheelchair Sports and Recreation Association, Inc.
, also known as WSRA
, is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Organization founded by Charles
and Danielle Ekizian.