Paralyzed Athlete To Walk Marathon; Attempts to Shatter World Record And Help Others In Need
By: I GOT LEGS
Gorlitsky, age 33, became paralyzed from the waist down with a spinal cord injury nearly fourteen years ago from a car accident. In 2015, he was given the opportunity to use a ReWalk robotic exoskeleton — a groundbreaking device that would allow him to stand up and walk again. After launching a successful fundraising campaign for his own ReWalk exoskeleton — that he has honorably named 'The Betty Carlton' — he founded a nonprofit organization called I GOT LEGS with the mission of ReEnabling people with physical challenges. Gorlitsky states:
"When I am standing and walking in my exoskeleton, I do not feel disabled, nor do I feel able-bodied;
The Charleston Marathon will be Gorlitsky's second attempt at the Guinness Book of World Record time for exoskeleton marathon walking. His first attempt came at the 2019 Los Angeles Marathon this past March where he fell short of his goal by completing 17.2 total miles. He states,
"As a paralyzed athlete, I know that every step I take is a win for the disabled community, and in particular those living with spinal cord injury, but falling short of my 26.2-mile marathon goal and Simon's Guinness Book world record is a defeat that I've thought about every day since the L.A Marathon. I learned a lot that weekend, and I look forward to getting back out there — this time though with the love and support of my hometown behind me."
His record-setting attempt at this January's 2020 Charleston Marathon will also mark the national fundraising launch of his organization's grant fund — The GOT LEGS! Gives Back Fund.
To learn more about Adam's story and to donate towards his marathon steps visit:
Who: I GOT LEGS FOUNDER ADAM GORLITSKY, INTERNATIONAL ATHLETES, AND SUPPORTERS
When: JANUARY 11TH, 2020 (Adam will begin the race on January 9th)
Where: CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Why: RAISE AWARENESS AND FUNDS FOR I GOT LEGS MISSION AND QUALITY OF LIFE GRANT FUND