Project Walk Bay Area
Arthur Renowitzky's devotion and constant volunteerism toward his community exposes the power of giving back by founding a non-profit organization, Life Goes On Project, organized to raise awareness in the fight to diminish youth violence. Six years ago Renowitzky was shot by an unknown assailant while leaving a San Fransisco night club, leaving him paralyzed with a spinal cord injury; since rising from a death-near coma, he continuously speaks about the realities of youth violence and mentors newly injured individuals at local hosptials by offering guidance, support, and encourgment. Life Goes On Project cares deeply about the fate of young people and their path towards a productive adulthood by providing a cause of positive cultural change. His goal is to continue to push the Life Goes On Project so newly injured patients, youth and adults, can be properly guided towards a positive mental state after a spinal cord injury. LGO Project speaks volumes about the faith in a positive, upcoming generation, as well as hope to walk again to patients who suffer a spinal cord injury.
For more information on the Life Goes On Foundation visit www.LifeGoesOnProject.org
Marcus Williams lives in Oakland, Ca and is the chairman and founder of the LYDOLifeProject (LYDO) a non political/nonprofit organization working in the Bay Area to help promote sobriety and bring an end to drunk driving accidents and fatalities in the United States. Marcus founded LYDO in 2013 after he was hit and subsequently paralyzed from his chest down by an unlicensed, uninsured drunk driver while driving home from a class reunion on August 5, 2013. Since the accident, Marcus hasn’t looked back for revenge towards the drunk driver, but has focused his energy and passion towards recovery, staying positive and voicing both sobriety and spinal cord injury awareness.
Marcus doesn’t remember much from the actual accident besides the sting of impact that caused him to blackout prior to losing control of his truck. Upon impact, his truck flipped several times, causing Marcus to be ejected from the vehicle where he landed in the fast lane, all but left for dead. It was a hit and run, but the suspect was eventually caught by CHP a few exits away during a high speed chase in El Cerrito, Ca. In the meantime, Marcus was rushed to John Muir Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery to repair his punctured spinal cord. After waking from a coma a few days later only to find he was paralyzed and might never walk again, Marcus absorbed the news as best he could and immediately began his quest of “Living His Days Overcoming”. From the time he knew about his newest adversity of being paralyzed, Marcus took action to stay positive and to keep his peers and family surrounding him positive, as well. In his own words he would testify to everyone he came in contact with by saying, “Don’t feel sorry for me. This is a blessing and I’m going to work hard to overcome this”.
Finding himself in rehabilitation for 144 days, Marcus had countless hours to reflect on his life and what it all meant. Previous to his injury, Marcus spent most of his adult life working long hours as a UPS truck driver. When he wasn’t working he was traveling – being social, but never idle. He admits that before the injury, he was a very self-willed, impatient, stubborn and independent individual. Being paralyzed has taught him to see the other side of the coin of life. He is a more patient, humble and stronger man since the accident.
These days Marcus dedicates his life by volunteering to mentor new spinal cord injury patients at Kaiser Hospital and numerous other rehabilitation centers. He also attends and host his own peer support group in Vallejo California. Currently his #LYDO brand host and sponsors a monthly wheelchair bowling event where 20-25 wheelchair bowlers come together for a night of recreational competition. It has been a great platform for peers to share their stories.
Just 2 months from graduating high school a Motocross crash on Easter morning in 2003 at the age of 17 left Troy with a spinal cord injury paralyzed from T9-10 (belly button down). He accepted the situation instantly and worked hard in rehab to always progress his injury and recovery. He matured and became independent soon after, which started with driving, attended college and returned working in grocery retail and later after as an insurance agent.
Being active in weights, sports and therapy has always been a huge portion of his recovery and maintaining good health to the goal of walking again. In the meantime of staying busy, he took on the role of mentoring newly spinal cord injured of all ages as well as helping their families adapt to their current situation. He now shares his experience and knowledge of living with a spinal cord injury at support groups, hospitals and colleges to maintain good health and a positive mindset.
Also, he has been putting on events bringing together individuals and their families in the spinal cord injury community as well as others to join in being active in sports and attending sporting events. These group outings are full of making new friendships and learning from each other more about our unique lifestyle as a member of the spinal cord injury community.