The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

State and Nation

July 25, 2013

Fitness program is designed for disabled people

— MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Chase Borders was told he would never move again — let alone breathe on his own — after being paralyzed in a dirt bike accident.

A practice jump in 2006 resulted in his motor locking up and the bike he was riding flipping on a 90-foot drop. The bike hit Borders in the head, paralyzing him instantly.

The Montgomery Advertiser reports ( that the 25-year-old now works out at Auburn University Montgomery's Wellness Center, thanks in part to a $50,000 grant from the Alabama Council for Developmental Disabilities.

It's part of a program offering individuals the chance at an exercise plan through cardio exercises and resistance training.

About 50 people with developmental disabilities — including Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries — began the program at AUM in September.

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