The day Aaron was born I thought the greatest gift of my life was being his mother, yet my role in his life expanded within each passing year. I cherished his driven determination during his years of winning championships aboard his motorcycle, but his true champion spirit was realized after his accident.
We then embarked on the absolute most challenging times, in every sense. I was so focused on helping Aaron regain his health that I forgot about myself during the process. As we rebuilt our lives over the years, I became a fierce proponent of health and well being, for all persons, regardless of ability. Together with my son and Clinical Exercise Physiologist, Taylor-Kevin Isaacs who led Aaron's recovery process, I was able to make that dream a reality for others with the opening of our first fitness facility, C.O.R.E., Center Of Restorative Exercise. Today I serve as the Chief Executive Officer of C.O.R.E. and I am guided by an inner fire that burns intensely, with more resolve than ever, to do everything possible to create more opportunities for the improvement of catastrophic injuries and conditions.
I want to share my story with others because I know the personal struggle that caregivers and loved ones endure when someone they love or is close to suffers a devastating spinal cord injury like Aaron. Rightfully so, all eyes are focused on the injured, but the injury doesn't only happen to them, it happens to every member of their family as well, and everyone's lives are forever changed.