Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend is well under way and already there are countless inspirational stories emerging. One of them is 30-year-old Adam Gorlitsky, who is pushing boundaries and bridging the gap between what it means to be disabled and able-bodied.
Despite losing the ability to walk as a result of a car accident, Gorlitsky has so far participated in parts of the 5K on Thursday and the 10K today, and has plans to take part in portions of the half marathon on Saturday and the marathon on Sunday.
Gorlitsky’s inspiring story began 10 years ago when that car accident damaged his spinal cord, paralyzing him from the waist down. After almost a decade of being told he will never walk again, he was chosen as a candidate for an exoskeleton machine, a robotic suit that would enable him to stand and walk for the first time. Since receiving the robotic suit, he has dedicated his life to walking in races, sharing his extraordinary story and inspiring others to overcome adversity.
If you are running in an upcoming runDisney race and have an inspirational or extraordinary story like Gorlitsky, we’d love to hear it! Please submit your story for consideration at WDPR.DisneySportsStories@Disney.com.