“I just drove a racecar,” a smiling former NASCAR driver Shane Hmiel said. “I just ran well over a hundred miles an hour— average speed.”
This may not sound like something special, but when you’re a quadriplegic, this statement is more like a miracle. On Saturday, Jan. 26 at Rockingham Speedway, former NASCAR driver Shane Hmiel took another amazing step on his Road to Recovery. More than 2 years after a racing crash that left him paralyzed as a quadriplegic and nearly dead, thanks to Accessible Racing and Racing4Vets, Hmiel got back behind the wheel of a racecar again along with two retired Marine Corps veterans who lost their legs in IED explosions. Watch this inspiring moment:
Doctors thought this would be an impossible feat, but it seems they were wrong.
“I just think it’s pretty amazing for the people at Accessible Racing to build a car and put something together and put programs like this together for people like me and wounded veterans,” Hmiel said.
This is a blessing for Hmiel and he’s now working to be a blessing to others.
He started the Shane Hmiel Racing For Spinal Injury Education Foundation to raise awareness and provide education about how to improve the prospects of life after spinal injury and the best options for recovery, to raise funds toward leading recovery programs for people with spinal injuries and to promote participation and provide education for young people to compete in amateur motor sports.
What an amazing story! If you’re struggling with things you think you cannot do or concerned about the obstacles that seemingly keep you from your dream, just think of Hmiel.
Anything is possible when you believe.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,