Riley Martin just jumped off a bridge without the use of either of his legs. At 21 years old, he's a paraplegic because of a motorcycle accident that did NOT crush his spirit to live.
So why did he jump off the bridge, when doing so while in a wheelchair is more dangerous that without one?
1. For Awareness
He jumped off of a 170-foot high bridge in Whistler, British Columbia — in his wheelchair — to raise awareness for disabilities everywhere. He was inspired by Rick Hansen, a Paralympian and advocate, to do it and to make sure everyone knew he was doing it.
At first he worried about convincing the company to let him do it, but they were accommodating to the fullest. All he needed was a wheelchair harness, otherwise he was just like everyone else!
2. Because He's A Badass!
Honestly, can you think of many people willing to do something like this for awareness?? Even though he was nervous, he still went through with it — he knew his cause was worth it. That's the mark of a true badass!
3. He Did It For Himself
As much as he did it so everyone would take notice, we can't help but know that deep down, there will always be a little piece of the experience meant for him personally — someone who has probably been told what he can and cannot do since the accident.
Here's what he said:
“I did something that truly scared me this past weekend. It was a good feeling that I was still able to do it, just the same as able-bodied people."
You seem very able-bodied to us, Riley!
Keep doing your thing — look how much awareness you've gathered!
We are proud of you, and the world is too!
[Image via Riley Martin/Imgur.]