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Paraplegic Runner Defies All Odds at Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

Darrell Fry

by , Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World Resort

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.

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  • This guy is amazing. Period. Such a fantastic outlook. I love that he is helping raise money for others like him to get exoskeletons too. What a blessing he has!

  • I had very limited walking, and to prove I could do it (and because my rented scooter wouldn’t arrive until the next day), on the last trip I double-crutched it without a mecha all the way from the MK buses, up that big uphill entrance, through the castle, all the way back to an Ariel meet and Be Our Guest dinner and back to the hotel again–I considered that an achievement, but a RunDisney 5K?….Wow.

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