Justin was an inspiration to all who knew him. He made friends easily with his quick-witted humor, and he didn’t hesitate to stand up for what he believed. He was passionate about travel, adventure, science, new experiences, and helping others. Prior to his injury, he traveled extensively, meanwhile earning his skydiving license, private pilot’s license, and even a scuba diving license in the Red Sea. He was working on his commercial pilot’s license at the age of 22 when he suffered a severe spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the neck down and ventilator dependent.
Despite the overwhelming obstacles that came with his injury, Justin charged ahead. He peer mentored other SCI survivors, gave speeches and testimony to state congress and research organizations, and served on public policy making and distribution committees. He went skydiving and took other SCI survivors on hang gliding trips. He was an advocate for independent living and the rights of people with disabilities of all kinds. He showed all of us that there really are NO LIMITS.