MICHAEL MARTINEZ Grant - Presented by Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF)
With support from our good friends at Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) and Wasatch Adaptive Sports, we had the opportunity to connect with Michael Martinez and gift him a Mountain Trike to allow him to continue to purse his lifelong love of Mountain Biking after surviving a stroke in 2021. Thank you CAF and Wasatch Adaptive Sports for making this happen!
BACKSTORY: Michael Martinez's first memories of riding bicycles was when he lived in Germany and took two week cycling trips to France and back. When he moved stateside, Martinez didn’t ride a bike again until 1980, when he bought a couch from Granite furniture and was given a 50 pound steel mountain bike. Since then, he started riding along the foothills of Salt Lake City and instantly became hooked. Through the years, Martinez mountain biked all over Utah, Idaho, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming... no less than 3 to 5 times a week. Life was good! The morning of July 5, 2021 Michael Martinez's life changed completely. While in the shower, he suffered a hemorrhagicum stroke, which is a brain bleed that barely 25% of people survive after the first week. For the next eight months going through Craig Nielson's rehabilitation hospital, Martinez found out he could still cycle on a three wheeler. So he started cycling with Wasatch Adaptive Sports and Utah Trails. In fact, Wasatch Adaptive Sports was nice enough to loan him a bike that allowed him to ride along the the Jordan River Trail during the winter and spring.
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