Adam Cherney, US Marines
Adam always knew he would join the military, as his grandfather, father, and mother served their country; his father was a Marine, and his mother was a member of the US Navy. So, after high school, he set a goal to get healthy and joined the US Marines in 2011.
Seven months into training, Adam fell from a repelling wall, breaking his back at T11-12 and L3-L4. After each surgery to correct these injuries, he developed spinal infections that compressed his spinal column, which also required surgery and a lot of recovery time. Throughout the ordeal he experienced paralysis, however, with a lot of hard work and determination, he recovered was able to walk again, and started on his new career offering private security to celebrities, politicians, and the like.
The highlight of his career was assisting victims of human trafficking, and it was that work that he hated to give up, however, he noticed he was starting to struggle physically and decided to sell his business at the beginning of 2020.
That’s when COVID-19 struck, and the virus seemed to awaken a disease that had been slowly surfacing. Adam was diagnosed with a rare disease called adhesive arachnoiditis (AA) which causes inflammation and pressure on the spinal cord. In two short years, he has gone from walking with a bit of difficulty to using a cane, and now he uses a wheelchair full time.
Obviously, by his willingness to serve his country and then create a business to assist others, he has the heart of a servant, and he’s now spending time helping other veterans connect with their benefits, find nonprofits that provide outlets for people with disabilities, and more. He’s on a mission to get out of the house and do things and encourage other activities to find adaptive ways to be more inclusive.