The goal is set!! Climbing the 576 steps to the top of Mt Maunganui on Sunday, March 22nd with proceeds going to Catwalk Trust for spinal cord injury research.
16th September 2018 was a day that changed my life. I had my race riding accident and amongst other injuries, I broke 5 vertebrae with the T8 level crushing my spinal cord which left me paralysed from the waist down with an incomplete spinal cord injury. The prognosis was that I would most likely never walk again. I spent 3 months in the Auckland Spinal Unit with three rehabilitation sessions each day. Last year I regained enough movement back to be able to walk again and since then I have kept up a very strict rehab programme which I continue to improve on.
I have chosen to raise funds for The CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Research Trust.
The reason I am wanting to partner with CatWalk is because I received such incredible support throughout my whole recovery and feel so amazingly lucky to have a second chance at walking. I feel as though I really want to give something back and raise awareness of spinal cord injuries and the amazing research that is being funded by CatWalk towards finding a cure for SCI. CatWalk is obviously a cause that is and always will be very close to my heart and I want to do everything possible I can to help raise funds to help find a cure for SCI.
I have an amazing neuro physician who also worked with Trevor Harrison (Gripper) to get him walking again and she is confident she can get me as ready as I can be to achieve this goal.
Follow progress and training updates at https://www.instagram.com/maija_vance/
Thank you for your support and for getting behind a fantastic charity.