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Meet Aaron Baker

Aaron Baker
Spinal Cord Injury Lifestyle Specialist | Shield HealthCare
07/22/16  12:00 PM PST
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My name is Aaron Baker. I am a recovering quadriplegic athlete, ambassador, entrepreneur and friend. More than a decade ago I broke my neck while racing a motorcycle. My doctors gave me a grim prognosis of having only a one in a million chance of ever feeding myself, not to mention walking or doing much else. Today, however, I can proudly and gratefully say I have surpassed their projection for my life by setting and achieving many world-firsts like: Pedaling a bicycle across the country twice, racing that bicycle for the United States Paralympic cycling team and most recently, I walked independently across Death Valley, California. You can see more pictures and hear more about these achievements in my recorded webinar, or click the video below to watch a video introducing me to the Shield HealthCare community:

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“Lying there in the dirt motionless and completely aware of my plight brought forth a life altering realization of my place in life. No longer a professional motorcycle rider, or skate boarder, surfer, snowboarder, mountain biker, or even a simple fisherman made me realize that I am destined to do far greater things in my life than winning championships aboard a motorcycle; things that affect people’s lives. I can help people through my own adversity bringing hope and inspiration to those without.”

Through my process of recovery, redefinition and ultimately the rebuilding of my entire life, there has always been one consistent desire: to share.

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Today, I am a proud adventure athlete, SCI ambassador/spokesperson and co-founder/owner of C.O.R.E. Centers LLC.

C.O.R.E. (Center Of Restorative Exercise) is a niche gym (located in Los Angeles) that fulfills a unique need by providing the benefits of ongoing Restorative Exercise™ for individuals with chronic illness and/or debilitating conditions.

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It is C.O.R.E.’s belief and enduring philosophy that the risk of secondary complications and degenerative changes that typically follow a disabling condition may be prevented and/or significantly reduced if restorative exercise became an important part of the daily routine of every individual.

 

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As Shield HealthCare’s Spinal Cord Injury Lifestyle Specialist, I will share my life living with a Spinal Cord Injury, exposing my trials and tribulations and personal lifestyle. By bringing everyone along for the ride, I intend to educate, inspire and motivate with tools for recovery, health and management of a Spinal Cord Injury.

I hope to have you join me on this adventure. The possibilities are endless!

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4 Comments

  1. Shari Castaneda
    Posted September 9, 2016 at 6:46 pm PDT

    I have a spinal cord tumor at C5 – C6 with myelomacia. It is to intermingled to take it out. It is not cancer. I “walked” into surgery and came out in a whhel chair, partially paralyzed on the entire right side, losing muscle use and feeling all over my body & a lot of pain. Everybody gave up on me. Im not done yet. Medi-cal doesnt help m

  2. Aaron Baker
    Posted September 25, 2016 at 10:47 am PDT

    Hi Shari,
    You said it all by saying… “I’m not done yet”. This is precisely the spirit needed to live and manage a spinal cord injury. The daily challenges are great and demand willingness. All I can say is… “The one who travels the path of least resistance settles for mediocrity, One who faces their challenges shall rise above and overcome with excellence”.
    Be well!
    Aaron

  3. denise
    Posted September 15, 2016 at 6:30 pm PDT

    How does a C4,5,6 quad heal the injury and be able to walk, ride a bike and move all limbs independently? Did I understand you correctly? The pictures look as tho you are up and moving on your own. Please explain how you did this!

  4. Aimee Sharp
    Posted September 16, 2016 at 8:31 am PDT

    Hi Denise! Thanks for commenting. You can learn much about Aaron’s road to recovery in our recorded webinar that he presented in July. Please feel free to ask more questions. Thanks, and have a great weekend! -Aimee, Shield HealthCare

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