Michael Mills is a T-12 paraplegic who is doing something incredible: he’s doing a Spartan race (a grueling military PT style obstacle course race) to raise money for Bert’s Big Adventure, The Bert Show’s non-profit that provides a five-day, all-expenses-paid trip to Walt Disney World® for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families.
At the age of 16, he was hit head-on by a drunk driver, leaving him paralyzed. He was actually pronounced dead at the scene – and WAS dead for 28 minutes – before a crash witness begged paramedics to try to revive him one more time…and it worked.
Michael is the first ever paralyzed person to complete a Spartan Race and this year, he had set out to be the first paralyzed person to compete in a Summer Spartan Death Race. He lasted almost 25 hours before he was eliminated.
You can read more about Michael’s story here and here, donate to his fundraising for Bert’s Big Adventure here, and follow him on Twitter and find his page on Facebook.
About Bert’s Big Adventure:
Established in 2002, Bert’s Big Adventure is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a magical, all-expenses-paid, five-day journey to Walt Disney World® for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families. To qualify for Bert’s Big Adventure, children must be between the ages of 5 and 12, live in “The Bert Show” radio listening area, prove financial need and have never been to Walt Disney World®.
Following the annual trip, Bert’s Big Adventure provides year-round support through initiatives such as the Reunion Adventures, the Fairy Godparent volunteer program and additional charitable services. The trip and programs create a community of families that establish lasting friendships with others facing similar challenges.