Nearly a quarter of a century ago, a man named Hector Picard was working as an electrician in Florida. While on the job, an accident sent 13,000 volts of electricity through his body twice. The work injury led to the amputation of his right arm and half of his left arm, as well as second and third degree burns over 40 percent of his body. After a serious injury like this, it is easy to let negative emotions overcome a person. But not Picard.
Picard took up cycling. It was not easy to learn how to ride again. His bike required several modifications, such as braking with the knee and steering with his chin. But Picard persevered, eventually entering triathlons. He was the first double arm amputee to have ever completed the 140-mile long Ironman World Championship. And this month, he is on a mission – to cycle across 31 cities in six states and inspire hope for others who have been through what he has.
Recently, Picard rode 25 miles through Georgia with the Mid Georgia Tri Club, spreading his message and inspiring kids and adults with disabilities to strive for their full potential.
Don’t Stop Living
Picard’s Tour to Inspire goes through Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. As he rides, Picard will be presenting physically challenged students with medals won by fellow athletes to children at hospitals and rehabilitation centers as a physical reminder that disability does not have to hold them back from realizing their true potential.