Team Captain Doug Cossey - "It's very simple for me to explain why the Wings For Life World Run is near and dear to my heart. As a former Freestyle Motocross Pro and Ex-Amateur MX Racer, I've seen more spinal cord injuries than anyone should ever have to witness. Watching action sports athletes that have dedicated their entire lives to pursuing their one true passion, only to have it all snatched away in a moment’s notice is one of the most horrible things that I've personally ever seen. Although I haven't had to contend with the feelings of hopelessness and trepidation someone with a severe spinal cord injury or their family must endure, I have had many severe injuries, 18 broken bones, and countless surgeries from MX crashes. I've also personally witnessed nearly 10 friends lose their lives or ability to walk due to an injury, most of which were spinal cord related. I think my experiences, and the ones we've all witnessed within the action sports community have given us a heightened sense of empathy and urgency towards this issue. Let's translate that desire to help injured athletes into something tangible by raising money through this amazing event.
If there's any small thing we can do to move that rock up the proverbial hill of understanding spinal cord injury and repair, we must do it. I've participated in the app run several times before, but this year is an even BIGGER opportunity to have an even GREATER impact! I want the action sports community that's so vibrant around Tampa/St.Pete to come together, rally around St. Pete, and get money for the cure! Please join, donate, cheer, rally, do whatever you can do to help! Just please do something, because the great spinal cord research strides being made cannot continue without your help. Remember, 100% OF THE ENTRY FEE GOES TO SPINAL CORD RESEARCH!!