Danny North to Alaska

We’re coming to Alaska for this movie project, we love watching your boat and crew on the series. Where will the boat be in June. I’m enclosing a copy of our story and project.

Latest New story link: http://www.ultimatemotorcycling.com/2011/quadriplegic-to-alaska-via-motorcycle

My name is Danny Miller and I’m a quadriplegic, but I’m not the typical person you think of when you see a chair. I’m filming a documentary on my trip to Alaska to help raise awareness for handicapped people. I will be driving a special modified adaptive motorcycle from my home in Murrieta CA all the way to Kodiak Alaska. This will be over 6 thousand miles on a bike and to my knowledge, the first time a quadriplegic has ever attempted such a trip. I’ll be bringing a camera crew along to video the entire journey and I’m asking for any form of support or sponsorship for this very costly project. A night in a hotel or lodge, fuel card, activity cash or anything you could provide would help. An activity or adventure would be the most help so that we can show that everything is possible. I’m paying for this project entirely myself and could really use any support you can provide. I’m in a manual chair and do not require anything special. I can do anything as normal, just a little slower. If you operate a lodge, hotel, business, Tour Company, or any sort of activity you could gain exposure by people seeing your location & event in magazines and film. In return, I will promote your company in the movie, magazines, news articles, Facebook and your company logo on the bikes. We are doing a press photo shoot on June 19. I will also provide you a copy of the finished movie. This movie will be shown as an independent film being viewed at theaters, hospitals and online. We just received an offer the preview the movie in New York at the film festival. I will be also sending hospitals that deal with spinal cord injury a free copy of the movie so that others could see that if I can do this, they also can live a normal and fun life. We’re in the process of negotiating a possible showing on a major network. I’m also contacting all news media and the governors of the states that I’ll be passing thru. My goal is to show this movie around the country to show people that even if you’re in a wheel chair that there is still life out there. I’m leaving Murrieta on this June 20th and plan on taking 6 weeks to complete the journey. There will be 3 motorcycles and a support vehicle traveling, 8 people total. If someone you know has suffered a spinal cord injury and might need a little motivation or inspiration I would be happy to assist in any way. So many people helped me to make my life better this is my way of giving back and hopefully help someone else. If you’re not able to help, please pass this on to others. I’m enclosing a copy of my story.

Thank you in advance and God Bless.

If you have any questions, or would like any information on how to help. Any donations can be sent to:

Danny Miller
41802 Hutchison Ct
Murrieta, CA 92562
gunnymt@aol.com
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Most people have a time in their lives they remember as a life changing experience. For some it might be getting married, or having a child born. Mine took place on September 20, 2004. On this day seven of my friends and I were involved in a car accident that had the vehicle we were in roll over across the freeway and down a 280 foot embankment. Most everyone walked away from it with cuts and bruises. I did not walk away and was told that I would never walk again; I was a quadriplegic. I do not recall the event of the accident, and after about a week of being in a coma from a head injury that caused my brain to bleed and swell, I had learned what happened and was told that I would never be able to regain functions from my neck down. I also had a crushed right hand, a broken right scapula, and bruised lungs that were taking on liquid and causing me to drown. While in the hospital, I was surviving with a respirator and stomach tube. Unable to talk, eat, drink, or move; like many I assume in a similar situation, I was saddened and discouraged that someone would have to look after me for the rest of my life. I felt that my life was over. This disheartening news would later be a fact that I would ignore as well as prove wrong to the doctors and myself. My name is Danny Miller and this is my story of how I fought against all odds, and showed that nothing is for certain.

At the time of the accident I had just turned twenty-four years old, still a young man by standards with my whole life ahead of me. As a healthy young man, I was arrogant and proud, active in all types of thrills and adventures. I enjoyed anything that challenged, and scared me. I partook in such things as paintball, dirt bike riding, snowboarding, wake boarding, scuba diving, and rock climbing. As well as staying busy with adventures, I also worked full time at the family Paintball Park, and was attending college full time in order to earn my degree in criminal justice. My boy hood dream was to be a FBI agent. I wanted to be the man you read about or see in movies that ended some political regimes plan to take over the world, or stop some cataclysmic event that would kill hundreds of people. I knew that what I saw in movies was fiction, but a boy could dream.

Many might say that I lived my life as if there was no tomorrow, and maybe I did, but I made each day count, and as I was told by my father a combat wounded US Marine Gunnery Sergeant “that life is measured by the risks you take and the strides you make.” As I look back, perhaps my arrogant and proud attitude was my down fall, and my injuries was a hard sit down about life, however, I believe that my arrogant, and proud attitude were the reasons for the next events to take place. As an active young man, I was at a low point in my life when the doctors told me that I would not be able to live my life as I did and that I would need someone to care for me. They told me that I would never move anything from the neck down. I would be a twenty-four year old infant. As I saw it, my life was over. However, my family and friends did not see it that way and believed that I had the strength and fortitude to stand up to this challenge and beat it back, just as I did when I was challenged or scared by an adventure. With much debate and tears, I finally agreed with them and fought to be a man again, perhaps even the man I was. We found this place, called Project Walk, which is a spinal cord recovery center. Their knowledge, and positive attitude helped me to get better, and see that there is hope. It took some time and a lot of hard work, but after about a year after the accident I regained movement in my arms and left hand as well as being able to stand and take some assisted steps with a walker. Since then I continue to work out at Project Walk. Although it is challenge and a struggle to continue living life as I did, I still hold fast to my sense of adventure and continue to partake in many of my old activities, just with some adaptations to them.

Throughout the years, I have met other people in wheelchairs. Many with my same level of injury, and some had no movement from the shoulders down. They listened to what the doctor had told them, and gave up on life. It is sad fact that in today’s age of technological advances and breakthroughs, that someone is told that they will never be able to walk again, and that person’s dreams and ambitions are destroyed in an instance.

 

 

I want to show others that are disabled in anyway, that there is life after, perhaps an even better one. I want to prove to the doctors and therapist that there is hope and recovery, and anyone can get better if they work at it. In June, I will embark on journey where I will ride an adapted motorcycle from southern California to Alaska. The adventure will be documented to show that even if someone lives their life in a wheelchair, they can still live a full life, and that there is no such thing as handi-capped, but there is handi-capable.

Being physically disabled, I have learned a lot. I have learned to be patient; I have learned failure and success, taking the first step, and how to better view people. My life is challenged everyday now even with the once simple tasks of tying my shoes, but I hold fast to my strength, and I am ambitious to see what the future has in store for me. I see myself as a stronger person, a man at the age of twenty-nine that views life at a different height, and will roll through life with a stronger concept of family, friends, compassion, and the persistence to improve my life, as well as others each step of the way.


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