Before his injury, Alan Stafford was an athlete, husband and father of two active teens. He successfully ran his own company representing CCM and Reebok hockey.
One January morning, driving in snowy conditions, Alan’s vehicle skidded off the road and rolled numerous times. Alan does not remember a thing about the accident, just a vague memory of being flown in an air ambulance to the University Hospital in Edmonton.
From the accident, Alan had a broken sternum, broken ribs, collapsed lungs and a broken back. Loose bone fragments had damaged his spinal cord and Alan was diagnosed as an incomplete paraplegic as he had some sensation to touch. The doctors told him there was a 99 percent chance he would never walk again.
After the realization of his diagnosis set in, Alan never gave up and was determined to WALK again one day. Through his will, determination, strength, dedication, hard work and power of the mind, Alan was able to accomplish this and he a sense of gratefulness for every step
Alan is back running his company just as he was before his injury. Of course there are many things he doesn't do that he did before, but he does not focus on them. He now enjoys coaching his children's hockey team again, driving his boat, going camping and golf.