It was a perfect day to be out on the water and that's how many people spent it, but one group near Yutan, Nebraska got a special treat, the chance to water ski.
“I haven't been skiing for several years.” Greg Anderson used to water ski and he used to ride his bike. “I had a bicycle accident in July 2008. That accident sent him flying over the handle bars nearly paralyzing him. “I had a C3, C4 fracture in my neck which is really high up. So I have been blessed that I can stand and I can walk.”
Though he spends 90 percent of his time in a wheelchair, he was able to take to the water at Championship Lake Estates on Sunday afternoon, skiing again. “It's really cool. They put me on a slalom ski with a seat in it. Then they have a skier on my left and a skier on my right that has a hand on me so they help me keep my balance.”
He and 16 other children and adults with disabilities got the chance to water ski, something organizers from the Immanuel Rehab Center say is often a better experience than their last one. “When something's taken away from you, you don't really realize the love that you had for it before and then to be able to get back out there and do it again,” said Immanuel’s Jena Munson.
Anderson agreed. “The feeling is awesome and after seven years of being on the water it's something I never dreamed I'd be able to do again and when you’re getting the water and you start to go it's just like wow, it's like you're skiing. It's an amazing feeling.”
An amazing feeling he hopes will inspire others like him to take a chance and try again. “Thank you so much.” Anderson serves as a mentor for others with spinal injuries and plans to bring some of them to the event next year.
Alegent Health holds this event once a year and works with the Championship Lake Ski Club.