Sometimes an incredible true-life story can inspire you to do or try something new. Accidents happen and while at times people can blame or find reasons for accidents the fact is they are still accidents and can be life changing. Life still goes on, and those effected by the accident need to find a way to go on with their lives and, often, to do something new. Jim MacLaren suffered two life-changing accidents and his story is truly inspirational.
Jim MacLaren was an athlete, motivational speaker, and author. He was a standout athlete while attending Yale University. Then in 1985, when he was 22 years old, he suffered a motorcycle accident. His left leg was amputated below the knee. He recovered and went on to run a marathon and the Ironman Hawaii.
Next came his second life-changing accident. In 1993, while competing in the Orange County Triathlon he was hit by a van while doing the bike portion of the race. This accident resulted in Jim being a quadriplegic.
Other runners were inspired to have a fundraiser. Funds were allocated for Jim to purchase a hand controlled van he could still drive and the Challenged Athletes Foundation was founded. Jim used a wheelchair after his accident.
Jim recovered and moved to the next stage of his life. He became a motivational speaker and author. At the 2005 ESPY Awards Jim was awarded with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Jim MacLaren died in his sleep in 2010. Jim’s story can inspire people to go on with life despite accidents or other issues that occur. He accomplished a lot, despite obstacles in his path. Be inspired! Have a bright day!