Jeff and Karen
Jeff and his wife Karen, Jeff is a police officer injured on the job. He went in to the hospital for back surgery and rolled out weeks later with a T-10 paralysis. I learned of his story through mutual friends. The work of my kayak spread to his therapists, they recommended to him that he give me a call. It was some time later that I received a call from Jeff, a little awkward at first but after a couple more conversations he wanted to see what Freedom was all about. I scheduled a pool session for him and his wife, I told him all’s he needed was a pair of shorts and a towel, he commented back, “I’m not sure if I want to get in the pool just yet”, I was a little confused by this but, kept the session date. What I did not know at that time that, Jeff was falling into a state of depression, and his therapist where trying everything to combat this and encouraged him to call me. The day came and I met the two, I did a pool session with Jeff and Karen at the side of the pool watching and asking questions. When all was over, at the side of the pool I asked, why did they want to see this? Karen responded with a lump in her throat, we just wanted something to look forward to in the future, something that we could do together, something in the outdoors. They went on to explain a little of their past and their mutual love for the outdoors and eagerness to get back in it. To this day it’s still hard for me to describe, helping this couple through a tough time, receiving inspiration from someone that inspires you is difficult to put in words.