ASU student chosen as ambassador for Wings for Life World Run

ASU student chosen as ambassador for Wings for Life World Run

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) -

Think about this.  A spinal cord injury could happen to anyone, meaning we're not genetically pre-disposed.

It happened to a young Arizona State University student.

Cory Hahn had a promising future in baseball, but that was all taken away when he was injured on the diamond.  Now, he's an ambassador for a race that aims to help those with injuries like his.

His dream was to run the bases and in 2011, he did.  Then a freshman at ASU, Hahn slid into second base during the opening game.  An accident caused him to be paralyzed from the neck down.

"I had a collision with the second baseman.  I heard a little crack.  I didn't think anything of it.  I saw the ball go up.. when I went to get the ball, I couldn't move," said Hahn.

What followed were months, years of physical rehabilitation, mental strengthening that helped the promising young athlete find another dream.  This one to help the other three million people currently living with spinal cord injuries -- people just like him.

"I spent 75 days in the hospital rehab.. went back home, started rehab every single day for a while.. I decided to go back to school," he said.

On May 4, Hahn will serve as an ambassador for Wings for Life World Run race in Santa Clarita, California.  100 percent of the proceeds will support world class scientific research and clinical trials around the globe aimed at spinal cord injuries like Hahn's.

This race is unique in the sense that there really isn't a finish line.  Once the runners start, they go until they can't go anymore.  The point being they're running for those who can't.

"The event is amazing.. being someone who is first  hand involved and someone who experiences the rigors of spinal cord injury, it's something when I see events like this.. I get excited to realize I can do what I can to help," said Hahn.

The World Run -- the first ever of its kind -- is happening simultaneously in 35 different locations on six continents -- with Hahn at the lead in California, knowing he's making a difference making dreams come true.

Hahn's mother will run in California.  His brother will do the same in Denver.

Wings for Life World Run - www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com

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