Paraplegic Man Participates in Three Races During Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., (Jan. 5, 2017)  — Adam Gorlitsky, (Charleston, S.C.) took part in the Walt Disney World 5K, 10K and marathon despite being paralyzed from the waist down. With a throng of spectators cheering him on along the way, Gorlitsky, 30, participated in a portion of the 5K with the use of a robotic suit that enables him to stand and walk.

Gorlitsky lost his mobility 10 years ago when his spine was severed at the T9 level in a car accident. He was told by doctors that he would never walk again.

But his prospects changed dramatically in recent years when he was chosen as a candidate for the wearable exoskeleton machine that allowed him to stand and walk again for the first time since the accident. Since April 2016, he has walked in a few races using the suit, challenging what it means to be a paraplegic. Gorlitsky participated in three of the four races of the Dopey Challenge (the half marathon was canceled due to inclement weather) in the  Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna.