September of 2007 I broke my neck. Diagnosed with a C7 vertebrae fracture I took some time off my feet, but ultimately recovered with only a minor scar retaining a titanium cage. I continued on with life and found a new passion for adventure travel. There are many individuals that do not get to have the same opportunity to restart life values such as I have.
I met one of these individuals in 2010 prior to the paralympics and he shed light into a new perspective for me. Matt is a mirror of myself; he is adventurous, confident and infected with what people call the travel bug. We are the same age, share the same humor and bear the same titanium cages and scars. The only real physical difference between us is his wheelchair.
We began to travel together and documented every stroke of the wheel, essentially creating a motivational tool for others (able-bodied, or not) to learn from. In one year we successfully explored two continents, written reviews on over 38 tours, received international press coverage, skydived with Australia's first paraplegic skydiver, surfed with a two-time world champion and, most importantly, lived by the limitless example we sought to create and share. One year. One amazing journey.
Upon our arrival back from Australia, we have been recognized by the Rick Hansen Foundation as "difference makers" and featured as a highlighted medal-bearer for the upcoming 25th anniversary relay across Canada in which we will be participating. Our story can be seen here: http://www.rickhansenrelay.com/en/about-the-rel...
Now that we have shown proof of overcoming barriers and obstacles, gained public awareness and raised many eyebrows, we would like to become the first tour operator in the world to offer this experience to other adventure seekers alike. Fully accessible. Transportation, accommodation, food, nightlife and daytime adrenalin sport all included! A weekend getaway which will truly bring life to any individual soul.
We plan to launch out first test-run tour in August where we will conduct a survey to build on our potential. This project will highlight British Columbia as the most accessible place in the world and potentially bring this type of awareness on a global scale. All we seek is funding for our transportation to get these wheels rolling!
We thrive to represent Whistler, Canada as the most adventurous, accessible place in the world and potentially create a wave of awareness/ change to other countries abroad. This will not only assist in mentality of someone with limited mobility, but also able-bodies who seek to push their personal boundaries, together!
To create excitement and confidence to those who lack these particular values in life.
What We Need & What You Get9Lives Adventures is on the path to success with awareness, we have created a care-free tour itinerary for the west-coast of BC, and have a launch date this coming August! All we seek from you, the audience, is assistance with funding for a wheelchair accessible shuttle bus. This is the last speed-bump in our path.
Once we get a shuttle bus under the 9lives name, we will be running a shuttle service departing from Vancouver to Whistler. We will create a unique vibrant look to the bus, adding character and attitude to our vision.
If we reach our goal with attaining the transportation we seek, we will give back to our community with a direct wheelchair accessible path to surrounding areas of British Columbia. Furthermore, opening the opportunity for people to get out and experience the life beyond their doorstep. Together.
Other Ways You Can Help
Spread our good word and direct people to http://www.9livesadventures.com (new website to be launched end of June)
Encourage a change in mentality, and embrace the beautiful differences we all relate to :)