Mark Rohan Wins Gold

Mark greets his mother for first time after receiving gold medal

My husband, daughters, and I could not be prouder of and happier for Mark Rohan. Mark is now a Gold Medal winner in the 2012 London Paralympics.

Eleven years ago, at age 20, Mark should not have survived his 2001 motorcycle crash into a tree (severed spinal cord, torn aorta, and multiple injuries), but he did. Mark, paralyzed from the chest down and a World Hand-cycling Champion, was seeded No. 1 to win today’s Time Trials Race (16 kms), and HE DID (in under 36 minutes and by under 12 seconds).

Our daughters have seen so much heartbreaking loss in the Rohan family in recent years: their Granny Betty, Uncle Mike, Cousin Gordon, and beloved family friends gone much too soon.

I am glad they also get to see the power of the human spirit and tragedy turned into joy.

Mark, you are our hero, thank you.

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