When this 25-year-old does a 360-degree backflip on his wheelchair, one cannot help but admire him for his grit. In fact, his life is an inspiring lesson that teaches us that nothing is ever impossible if you truly set your mind on a goal.
Aaron Fotheringham was born with a spinal cord birth defect called “spina bifida” and the doctors warned that he would never be able to move around like normal people. He used the support of the crutches early on but switched to using a wheelchair when he was just 8 years old.
He has been a huge fan of extreme sports and always wondered how the practitioners pulled off such stunts. One of his biggest idols is his own brother.
“My brother was a BMX rider. When I went with my brother to the skate park in Las Vegas, Nevada, where I live, he helped me drop in to the BMX track on my wheelchair for the first time. I fell in love with the sport,” Aaron said in an interview.
Once Aaron started using the BMX track, he did not look back. He tried out newer tricks, and over time developed an amazing array of stunts that would wow spectators. He could do frontflips, backflips, double backflips, and much more while on his wheelchair.
Soon, Aaron was participating in extreme sports competitions across the United States. He even appeared on a reality show and worked as a stunt rider in the hit television series “Glee.”
Aaron dreams of a future when a disabled person can comfortably go to a park and do things like other regular people without attracting any unwanted sympathy or pity.