Former quadriplegic runs, walks to show others they can

May 30, 2015 3:36 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - As soon as he was released from medical care following a motorcycle crash 16 years ago that left him paralyzed from the neck down, Aaron Baker mapped out his future.

The former Los Angeles motocross racer says he planned to drive his electric wheelchair into a swimming pool.

Before he could take that plunge, his mother pushed him to a rehabilitation program instead.

These days Baker uses a cane and is walking again - 20 miles across the Mojave Desert last year. He's also become a therapist himself, opening a small gym geared toward helping others make miracle recoveries like his.

His advice is contained in the words he embraced: When people say odds are a million to one you'll recover, ignore the million and focus on the one.

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