Turning Tragedy Into Triumph in Wynwood

WSVN Paralyzed Teen Rides Handcycle

Aaron Willis was shot in Wynwood in December of last year. As it’s our intention that the development of the Arts district will positively impact the surrounding residential communities, we hope that it will also help deter violence. Still, it’s heartbreaking to hear of a teen who was caught in the crossfire and paralyzed, but it’s nice to see that he’s able to enjoy a classic pastime.

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (WSVN) — A South Florida teen paralyzed after he was shot while riding his bike joined other spinal cord injury patients for a little recreational therapy.

Fifteen-year-old Aaron Willis never thought he would be making his journey through life like this. But not only is he embracing it, he is making the best of it.

Willis said life goes on for him, and even though it hasn’t turned out like he imagined, he’s enjoying the ride by getting on a handcycle. “It’s different than riding a regular bike, but it still goes fast,” he said. “I like that.”

Willis was shot in the back while riding his bicycle in Wynwood. He was left paralyzed from the waist down, so instead of pedaling with his feet, he pedals with his hands. “It makes me feel good because I couldn’t even get out of bed by myself,” he said. “Now I can get on a bike by myself.”

Willis discovered that he’s not alone. In fact, he’s been meeting other people in similar circumstances through his therapy at Jackson Rehabilitation Hospital. “It feels good to know there are other people out there that got shot or got injured like me,” he said. “I’m not the only one going through something like this.”

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