I was born with Osteo Genesis Imperfecta. It is a brittle bone disease that affected mainly my legs. I spent much of my childhood at Shriners Hospital in Portland, Oregon undergoing operation to try and straighten my bones and be able to walk. At eighteen years old I pointedly asked the doctors if I would ever walk and they said no, so I asked them to cut my legs off. Within weeks I was swimming, riding quads, went to college in the fall.... I gained my freedom to become the man I am today.
In 1987 I rolled a racing wheelchair from Portland, Oregon to New York City.
I returned to my hometown after college and bought the family grocery store and then added firearms and hunting gear to the inventory, I moved to the family farm we have had since 1922. I set about to rebuild all the fallen down fences and delapidated buildings. Today, it is a beautiful place and it has all been a labor of love. I married Debbie in September of 2008. She is incredible and I am glad that I waited to marry the best.
Getting older now and I don't run through the brush like I did twenty years ago but I still get-r-done.