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“No matter what your situation is, there is always a way you can overcome it,” says Wesley Hamilton, who is living proof of that creed. Paralyzed from the waist down, the Kansas City man has turned to a fitness regimen that includes climbing a rope while strapped in his wheelchair. Tammy Ljungblad tljungblad@kcstar.com

Disabled But Not Really (DBNR)

Disabled But Not Really (DBNR), is a non-profit organization that was founded by Wesley Hamilton in 2015. When Wesley became paralyzed three years earlier, he weighed 230 pounds and struggled with obesity and depression. He also suffered medical complications due to his weight and began to look toward fitness and nutrition as a way to not only lose weight, but feel happier and healthier. In the first eight months, he lost 100 pounds. Through this weight loss, he realized the importance of fitness, especially for those who have disabilities. He was inspired. DBNR encourages all people with disabilities including spinal cord injuries to get some sort of exercise, regardless of their ability. Their goal is to raise awareness about Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI) and show the positive impact that health and fitness can have in disabled communities globally.

What They Do:

  • Advocate for people with SCI
  • Promote health and wellness to the disabled community
  • Fitness events
  • Community workshops
  • Raising awareness about SCI

Visit their website to learn about program and events.  CLICK HERE!