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 with wheel:life.
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’s exploits on the wheelchair got the attention of Nitro Circus, an action sports collective. Impressed by his talent, they asked him to join their troupe. Aaron jumped at the opportunity and has been a member of the group for the past seven years, touring across the world.
So, what message does Aaron have to give to other disabled people who want to be like him?
“It’s always great when people are inspired by what I do…I never tell people not to try these sort of things but I do say don’t attempt anything until you are ready,” Aaron said in a report by MailOnline.
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.
“I want it to be a normal thing when you go to a skate park and you see someone on a wheelchair shredding the gnar,” he told USA Today.
With his “never give up” attitude and talent, Aaron has paved the way for other disabled people to think and perform beyond the limitations imposed by their physical and emotional conditions.