BISMARCK, N.D. - After a major accident, life can change drastically, especially if you're left paralyzed from the chest down.
We’re going to meet a young man who has learned how to get through day-to-day life all over again, but now, he's doing it on two wheels.
Two years ago, Caleb Olson was on a ski trip at Red Lodge Resort with his dad and brothers when things took a turn for the worse.
“Flew some 50 feet, hit trees, fell onto a rock, broke T-5 and severed the spinal cord,” said accident survivor, 18-year-old Caleb Olson. “So, it left me paralyzed from roughly here down.”
“As a mom, that's all I could think about was ‘I just need to get there...I just need to get there,’” said Caleb’s mother, Kim Olson.
Caleb spent nearly three months in the hospital recovering from his injuries.
“The first week was rough, and then we just realized life can go on. He can continue to do everything he did before,” said Kim.
And that includes one thing teenagers seem to be especially fond of.
“I love cars,” said Caleb.
So, with a special certification, some cool equipment and a little help from the Great American Bike Race, Caleb was able to get back into the driver's seat.
“It's like driving with a joy stick, so it's pretty sweet,” said Caleb.
By now, you're probably wondering how it all works.
“I put my chair next to my car and I kind of just push myself in,” explained Caleb. “I put one hand on the seat, one on my chair and kind of push over.”
Then comes the fun part.
“Down is gas and it's got this bar down here that pushes on the top-the brake pedal,” said Caleb. “And then forward initiates a push on this bar, which pushes on the brake pedal.”
So when you've got an attitude like this:
“You don't really have a choice,” said Caleb. “You either sit and slump, or you move on-you, live your life.”
Plus a family who's 100 percent behind you.
“We just keep moving forward and I think with his positive attitude, we've all been really lucky,” said Kim.
It makes finding the new normal a little bit easier.