Quadriplegic man sets off on 1,200-mile trip from Mt. Bachelor


An incredible journey got underway Monday as a quadriplegic man set out to bike 1,200 miles from Mount Bachelor to Los Angeles.

Nathan Ogden and his family are working to raise awareness and $100,000 to buy wheelchairs for people in developing nations.

Ogden was paralyzed in a skiing accident on Mount Bachelor 15 years ago. A year after that accident, he became sick and while getting an X-ray, fell off the gurney and broke his neck again.

He said that was when he became mentally paralyzed and had to work to get past it.

"We call it, in our family, ‘frozen,’ so we like to live our lives unfrozen,” he explained. “It was a tough time to kind of grasp, ‘Do I want to live life again in a different way than what I dreamt it to be.’"

Ogden is using a specially designed recumbent bicycle to push himself on the journey. The family hopes to arrive in Los Angeles on July 21.

For more updates on Ogden's trip, visit ChairTheHope.com.

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