At first glace, most people see a new escape room filled with adventure and mystery.
But once inside you meet a family whose paying it forward after a few tough years .
“ I remember my accident. I remember every single detail. I remember thinking to myself I need to stop the truck but I couldn’t push on the breaks because my legs wont working," said Aaron Souza.
On April 17th, 2009, Aaron Souza was racing monster trucks in Chico, when engine failure caused him to crash.
During the collision, he suffered a T-12 burst fracture, his sprinal cord stretched then snapped back together, causing his T-12 vertebrae to explode.
Ultimately leaving him paralyzed.
Doctors at UC Davis decided to try an experimental surgery, and now by some miracle he can walk.
But the recovery time wasn’t easy for the family.
"We would eat dinner on the bed because we didn’t have a dining room table or on the floor when we had the kids," said wife, and escape room owner Jessica Souza.
So now that they're doing better the couple is giving back through their new business Extreme Escape Redding.
"We actually developed this business with the intent to be able to connect with the community and give back,” added Jessica.
The couple decicded to create a special room which would be strictly to help non-profits.
Beginning with their holiday room called “Christmas Chaos” where adventure seekers can help Santa find his Christmas spirit,and for every person that participates, a portion of their ticket will go towards "Adopt A Family."
"It has allowed us to donate to the Adopt a Family Foundation and we went and spent hours shopping and wrapping these gifts so now they are ready to go to these families for Christmas so you’re actually saving Christmas for real families,” said Jessica.
These families included teens out on their own for the first time with children, and an elderly grandfather taking care of his grandchildren.
Andd most of what they were asking for was help.
“All they’re asking for is food cards. It really puts life into perspective,”said Aaron.
But their generosity won’t end there.
The room will be open through the first week of January and the couple has decided those proceeds will go to a foster agency, and they’re already planning a new room for the Spring.
That room will raise funds for scholarships for graduating seniors.
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