Matt Wyffels

In 2002 I was living in Breckenridge, CO as a rising Professional Snowboarder. On April 6th, 2002 I was in a contest and doing very well. At the end of the day I came in upside down on one my jumps and broke T-11 & T-12 in my back with a dislocation of the spinal column. The result was a "complete" paralysis from the waist down. The doctors told me I would never walk, and never mentioned the possibility of working to that ability. Upon my release from the hospital my brother drove with me from Denver to Salt Lake City to begin the Sit Tall Stand Tall program. Just short of a year, and a lot of hard work later, I retired my wheelchair full time and have been walking ever since. I am continuing my workouts everyday and pursuing my goal of walking without leg braces. On this journey I have gotten my life back. I have had many challenges and many successes; returned to college, been married, danced at my wedding, and do pretty much anything I can think of.