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Alumni Update: Russell Burke

December 30, 2015


Russell Burke ’13 CA

In May 2013, Russell Burke was injured in a diving accident at Lake Havasu. His injury was severe. He broke his C4/5 vertebrae and is now ventilator-dependent.

“I thought my life was over when I first got hurt. When I came home I was super depressed, not wanting to talk to anyone and only wanting to lie in bed,” said Russell.

Russell said his outlook on life changed when he learned about the Triumph Foundation, a California nonprofit with the mission of inspiring people with spinal cord injury to get back to living.

“They told me how my life was not over just because I was in a chair. From that day forward I’ve been unstoppable. I’ve done things I would’ve never thought I could do. Snow skiing, curling, wheelchair hockey, etc. I’m an ambassador for the Triumph Foundation, and we go and talk to the newly injured. We give them hope and let them know that life is not over. It’s just a new chapter of life. And instead of walking, we be rolling.”