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Old 01-08-2015, 11:00 PM   #1
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Quadriplegic set to complete Houston Marathon

James DuBose's life changed 20 years ago while attending Stephen F. Austin University. He was involved in a car accident that left him without the use of his legs and limited function of his upper extremities. Though confined to a wheelchair, DuBose remained strong as he adapted to his new lifestyle. 

"The word 'handicapped' has a negative stigma to it," he said. "Fortunately I'm strong-willed, strong mind and I've made the best of it."

DuBose, who was avid golfer, has found a different way to exercise. He's now an avid hand-cyclist. A hand-cycle is a lot like a bike but it sits low to the ground and the rider has to strap himself in. It's powered by the rider "pedaling" with his arms.  DuBose will be using a hand-cycle to complete the 2015 Houston Marathon.

"I'm doing what I want to do," he said. "I'm staying active in my life. I'm having."

The 26.2 mile trek is grueling both mentally and physically. DuBose will have a bit of added inspiration to finish the race. His father, who passed two years prior, completed the Houston Marathon. 

"It would be really neat to have him here to see me doing the Houston Marathon," he explained. "I know he's looking down on me. He's proud of me and going to be pushing me to finish in a good time." 

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