Wheelchair Sports and Recreation Association Releases the DVD, "Going The Distance: Charlie's Story of Endurance"

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Just in time for the Holidays, Triple Knot Productions and Wheelchair Sports and Recreation Association (WSRA) have released a new DVD about the inspiring life of quadriplegic and WSRA founder Charlie Ekizian. Severely injured in a diving accident forty years ago, Charlie has used athletics, physical fitness and prayer to maintain his health without medications or hospitalization. The DVD, by award-winning filmmaker Brian K. Dery of Triple Knot Productions, explains spinal cord injury and follows Charlie's evolution from a bed-ridden invalid able to move only his face to an inspiring athlete and motivational speaker.

"Going the Distance: Charlie's Story of Endurance," a new DVD released by Triple Knot Productions and Wheelchair Sports and Recreation Association (WSRA), is a story that will inspire every person who is mobility-impaired and the people who love them. It is the true story of a man who was on the brink of realizing all his dreams at the age of 21 when he accidentally broke his neck on a Saturday afternoon at the beach. In the split-second it took to execute a dive he had done countless times before, Charlie made a choice at the bottom of the ocean whether to give up and die--or whether to trust that there was still a purpose to his going on. That choice--the choice to "battle on"--is what this film is all about.

Because Charlie acknowledged in that moment that God had a plan for his life, he was given the strength he needed to live a life that not only exceeded his previous expectations of what his life was meant to be, but also to serve as an example that no matter what challenges we are faced with, our lives can still have power and meaning.

At this point in his life, Charlie has spent 40 years in a wheelchair because of quadriparesis, paralyzed from the chest down. After his 9-month in-hospital rehabilitation, he lived independently, married, worked full-time for many years, volunteered extensively to help other people with disabilities, set national records in numerous wheelchair sports, coached disabled athletes, and ultimately, twenty years ago, started his own charitable organization with his wife Danielle to run weekly therapeutic sports programs for the mobility-impaired: Wheelchair Sports and Recreation Association, Inc.

After getting his degree in broadcasting, he served as a spokesman and appeared in countless TV, radio and newspaper spots to promote the integration of the mobility-impaired into community activities, beginning with sports and recreation and ending with employment and full inclusion. His dedicated work won him many honors along the way including the United Way's Extra Mile Award, Massachusetts Governor's Neighborhood Superstar Award, National Spinal Cord Injury Association's Spirit Award, and New England Wheelchair Athletic Association's Hall of Fame recognition.

The DVD, "Going the Distance: Charlie's Story of Endurance," is a celebration of Charlie's life-work. It was produced by the award-winning documentarian Brian K. Dery of Triple Knot Productions and is available now on the Triple Knot website. At this Holiday Season, the DVD will make a great gift for the mobility-impaired people on your list.

For additional information on the DVD, "Going the Distance: Charlie's Story of Endurance," contact Ron Frazer, or visit http://www.wheelchairsportsandrecreation.com. Triple Knot Productions website is http://www.tripleknotproductions.org. The trailer for the DVD can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4AKFe8-v1k

About Wheelchair Sports and Recreation Association, Inc.:
Wheelchair Sports and Recreation Association, Inc., also known as WSRA, is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Organization founded by Charles and Danielle Ekizian. The primary objective of WSRA is to enhance the rehabilitation of people with spinal cord injuries or other disabilities.

Ron Frazer, Director of Public Relations
Wheelchair Sports and Recreation Association, Inc.


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