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Canadian paraplegic cyclist tours India


Nikita,CNN-IBN
Feb 25, 2011 at 11:12am IST

Mumbai: Beautiful, strong, brave and paralysed waist-down, Morgan Van Breda, a 32 year old Canadian woman is cycling through India to raise funds and awareness about spinal cord injuries.

At the age of 24, Morgan suffered a T-12 injury, when a soccer post collapsed on her back, shattering her T 11/12 vertebrae. The injury left her paralysed waist down. Doctors declared she will never be able to walk again.

But that was eight years ago. Devastated as she might have been, Morgan was determined to live with dignity. Leaving the disability tag behind, today, Morgan is a professional cyclist, currently touring India with 30 other cyclists and she is the only paraplegic in the group.

Morgan is on a 3,900 km, seven-week journey from Agra to Kanyakumari, on a hand cycle, to raise awareness about spinal cord injuries and funds for her stem cell treatment.

Speaking to CNN-IBN Morgan said, “India is a beautiful country. It is giving me the ultimate confidence and it’s like if I can do this then I can accomplish anything in life. When I first drove to Mumbai I read a billboard that said: Everything is Possible as even ‘Impossible spells ‘I am Possible’.”

And with this confidence, she has revised her goals in life. Sticking to her mandate, "Heal to be Healed", Morgan along with another Canadian charity, ‘The Dirty Wall Project’, is distributing hand cycles to the disabled in slums. She wants them to have the wings of freedom.

Following the trek, Morgan will spend the next 2 months in Delhi for her stem cell treatment, which costs around Rs 20 lakh.

“I believe I will walk again 100 per cent. I have no doubts about it,” says a confident Morgan.

When there's hope, there's life. To donate for Morgan's treatment, please log on to her website: www.morganvanbreda.com

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