Hero Week Day 2: To learn to pick ourselves up.
Neil served as a paratrooper for 5 years including 2 combat deployments. In 2005, Sgt. Duncan lost both legs to an IED blast and suffered other serious injuries. By all accounts, he should be dead. The blast sent the Humvee engine directly into his body, crushing his legs, breaking bones and causing facial trauma. By the time the medics arrived, he had almost bled out.
8 months of recovery and he was running on a track. 20 months and he says “I reached my full potential.”
In 2010, with 2 friends he successfully summited Mt. Kilimanjaro. Currently, he is climbing Aconcagua, the highest peak in the Americas.
(info from University of Denver, pics by Reed Hoffman)
11 KB Lunge Steps (total)
11 KB Thrusters
“The opportunity to climb one of the seven summits is a tremendous challenge that will allow me to accomplish three primary goals: Raise awareness and funding for the returning wounded veteran population, motivate newly wounded amputees to set their goals high and finally to challenge myself.”
“He really has been one of the warriors who has changed the paradigm for what disabled people can do. He’s really been a leader — a shining example of someone who has confronted their disability and moved beyond it.”