As thousands of people across the globe get ready to take part in the Wings for Life World Run on May 4, 2014, the charity's ambassador, Barney Miller, gives us an insight into his daily routine and hopes for the future.
“Every day I get dressed, drink a smoothie, kiss my girl,” says Miller. “Every day I’m grateful for what I have, but my every day is most probably quite different from your every day – and yet I’m not alone.”
Before he broke his spinal cord and was permanently paralysed in a high-speed car accident in 1999, Miller was a prodigiously talented surfer, hailed as Australia’s next big thing.
Initial medical expectations were that Miller would be reliant on a ventilator for the rest of his life and that he would never be able to move his right arm or walk again.
Time has proved that prognosis wrong, as the committed wave rider (with a little help from his friends) hits the water on a daily basis while fighting to regain his mobility and plan his upcoming wedding to fiancée Kate Southwell [pictured with Miller top].
“Every day I train because I know I will walk again and I will dance at my wedding,” says Miller. “Until then I’ll ride or fly or catch a wave.”
Needless to say spinal cord injury research charity Wings for Life is a cause close to Miller’s heart and that’s why he’s putting his full support behind the Wings for Life World Run.