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Live Instead

Live InsteadHi my name is Justin Coomber and I am a freelance outdoor adventure photographer.

I was 8 years old when I got out of bed one day and collapsed on the floor without being able to move anything below my waist and that very moment has defined who I am and everything that I do.

I was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis, an extremely rare condition which attacks the central nervous system and causes inflammation on your spinal cord. I went from running around my friend’s yard and climbing trees to a week later laying in hospital, not knowing if I will ever be able to walk again.

The following years I tried to fit in and be as normal as possible but spending half my school career home schooling because I couldn’t physically handle all that a normal school demanded from me and not being able to do what the rest of the kids could do really affected me.

13 years later I am still affected by the scar tissue on my spinal cord and nerve damage to certain parts of my body especially my legs. Even though I get fatigued very quickly doing any sort of physical activity I know I have been given a second chance at life. And I intend to use it!


The Search For Adventure

It is the very reason why I seek adventure, to push myself as hard as I can physically and immerse myself in nature, to absorb and take in all that Mother Nature has to offer. To push boundaries and question the norm.

Doing all this and capturing it through my photography in hopes to inspire and make people realise how privileged we all are. To make them want to go out and seek adventure and help those who can’t. To see the beauty out there and question what they are capable of doing if they really did try.

In hopes to push myself physically and mentally and raise funds for Warrior On Wheels Foundation (WOW). I want to cycle from Musina which is located along the Zimbabwe border to Cape Town which is going to be roughly 2500km, completely solo.

A Shared Vision

The organization called WOW is an NPO that I am very passionate about and want to help to the best of my abilities. They help kids who physically can’t do certain things. They empower them and take them out into nature and helping them experience adventure in their life as it ought to be experienced.

They help with apparatus to enable children with certain disabilities to regain some functions back and as well as aid in the research of new equipment and apparatus to help them. They are also trying to bring awareness for wheelchair access to places so that these kids can visit and experience all the things that everyone else can.

While I’m on this epic journey I will be documenting it through social media daily as well as capturing the raw moments throughout it all to show on exhibit at the end of this epic trip to auction off 🙂

To get in contact and to find out how to help email info@warrioronwheels.co.za

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