Life Changing Accident 
On May 30, 2004 I was riding with my best friend when he flipped his car on a back road while racing.  After being thrown out of the car, it landed on top of me from the waist down, in the middle of a field.  The result was a C6-C7 spinal cord injury.

 

About Me
After my accident I returned to The Ohio State University and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration, specializing in accounting.  I like to do anything involving working with my hands such as fixing things or building projects from scratch.  I am currently building a trailer to haul four-wheelers or a mower.  I also enjoy riding four wheelers and snowmobiles.  I take any opportunity I can to go out and enjoy nature as well. 

 

What CL Means to Me
Creative Living has already played such an important role in my life.  Without Creative Living I would have been stuck living with my mother which would have kept me from transferring to the Columbus campus at Ohio State and finishing my degree.  Creative Living also opens up many opportunities simply by being in a fantastic location, where everything you could need is at your finger tips.  I was able to wheel to classes and even the book store and movies which helped save money and wear and tear on my truck.  And when there are those little things you just can’t do on your own, the Resident Assistance Program is a life saver.  While I don’t use the R.A. very often, it is nice to know that someone will be there if you do need them.  Something that living on your own just can’t guarantee.

 

My Dreams & Aspirations 
Now that I have graduated, I am looking for an accounting position with a company that best suits me and my needs.  I plan on saving up for awhile and eventually building a house, which I hope to be able to design myself.  Hopefully somewhere along the way I’ll start a family of my own.  I will be doing other things in life as well, but if there is one thing that I’ve learned, it’s that life doesn’t always go as planned.  Sometimes things just have to come to you.

 

Message to Our Supporters
By supporting Creative Living you’re not just providing individuals with disabilities a place to live, you’re providing an opportunity for those individuals to advance to that next level in their life and pursue life-long dreams or the short term goals to help them on their way.  You’re also creating an opportunity and a challenge for those certain individuals to pay the good dues forward and help better our community and society as a whole.  You’re helping “me” help “you,” and many others in years to come.