Definition of Courage: Brett Babcock
One moment can change your life, but that does not mean that it has to change you. Brett is a force to be reckoned with- always has been and always will be.
The entire trampoline community watched as his hard work, dedication and passion for double mini earned him a rise on Canada’s double mini trampoline scene. After starting at the Kingston Aeros at the age of 9, he moved out west for his first year of University and to train. Just over 6 months ago, on October 1, 2012, 10 days before leaving for Australia for an international competition, he had a life-changing fall during training. Today, he is defeating a C5C6 incomplete spinal cord injury and facing it with a courage beyond his years.
Today, he is fighting tirelessly to get every ounce of movement. I sent him a message a few weeks after his injury and he replied talking about how he had dreams of being a Paralympic athlete and was already looking into new sports. Once and athlete, always an athlete! I don’t think that mentality ever leaves you. Every day, he and his family complete hours upon hours of therapy, muscle stimulation, acupuncture (with over 30 needles covering his body).
If you want a definition for courage, it is Brett. If you want a definition for determination, it is Brett. He does not hide that this has been an unbelievable challenge thrown his way that at times is overwhelming, scary, stressful, sad- everything you can imagine and more all wrapped in one but the one thing that always amazes me is his strength, courage and outright stubbornness to not let this life changing incident change who he is or get in the way of him living his life. He was tossed on a new life path, one that is still uncertain. He is relentless in his efforts to gain back mobility, he has constantly kept his goals in site and has a positive attitude towards this uphill challenge, laughing with his twin sister, Bridget, the rest of his family and friends along the way.
(Video made by Bronte)
Very few can fathom, very few can relate to what he and his family are going through but everyone can support them. Help Brett and his family focus on working together towards achieving his goals, help Brett and his family keep the laughter!
If you would like to contribute to a fund supporting Brett:
CASH donations can be made at any Royal Bank in Canada. Please inform the teller that you would like to contribute to the Barbara Fuller account in trust for the Brett Babcock Personal Tragedy Fund. You must mention Barbara Fuller’s name.
Thank you everyone!