Saturday, October 5, 2013
6:30 - 11:00 pm
An evening hosted by Xander's Plan and Core Foundation Now
On Sunday, November 13, 2011, while riding my motorcycle on Ventura Boulevard in Studio City, a block from our house, a young driver cut me off making a left hand turn. I broadsided his SUV. Paramedics rushed me to Cedars Sinai Emergency Room. I was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit where we learned from the doctors that I had suffered 10 broken ribs, two crushed, punctured and collapsed lungs, and substantial damage to my spinal column and cord. It took a couple of days to even stabilize me enough so they could do surgery to repair my spine: remove pieces of fractured vertabrae (T6, 7, 8) that were impinging on my spinal cord and the installation of two nine inch titanium rods fusing my spinal column from T3 thru T11. Even though the cord was not severed (traversed) I was diagnosed a T6 Complete Paraplegic. I was 20 years old. I spent 40 days in the ICU as my seriously damaged lungs tried to heal themselves. I was moved to another wing of the hospital for 20 more days of healing. After getting down to 129 ponds (I'm 6'2") I was finally released and transported to Rancho Los Amigos in Downey for rehabilitation. After thirty days I came home.
There are so many people to thank that rather than start a long, long list, I'll just thank the universe."
Core Foundation Now
To transform disabled lives for the benefit of society.
To raise funding for the enabling and enrichment of all.
Operating as a not-for-profit public charity, 501(C)(3), all monies raised will be used to fund scholarships for membership to the rehabilitation facilities available in Los Angeles today.
Core Foundation Now will sponsor and provide scholarship monies, in association with other foundations, the opportunities to participate in outdoor recreational adventure; sit-skiing, hand cycling, bungee jumping, zip lining, surfing and more.
A one per year scholarship might also be rewarded to one student participating in the Kinesiology Program at both Cal State Los Angeles and Cal State Northridge.
A Special Screening of "All That I Am"
This profile was created for paralympic hopeful Aaron Baker. Aaron Baker’s unique story of recovery and perseverance was originally designed to be a digital video for personal use by Baker but was so beloved that it started to make the festival circuit as well.
It won the “Most Inspirational” Prize at 5 Point Film Festival.
And in the Gallery
Photography by Xander Mozejewski
And also the Photography of Jason Landis
A mixed media video presentation.
And much more.
“Every time I go to the doctor, they ask me if I'm depressed. I kinda laugh and say no and think to myself, why would I be? Then I think why am I not. I lost everything I care about. Skating, snowboarding, my jobs, my girlfriend. I lost my life, so why am I not sad? Before the accident, I got to work in my dream store, I got paid to hang out with models in hot tubs and take their pictures, I learned how to tre flip, I got to skate the Berrics, I skated the marathon! I got to ride mammoth when they were hit with 18 feet of powder, I got to drive a convertible r8, I turned 12! When I was 7 I thought 12 year olds were old as fuck. I bought a car, I bought a mac, I bought Nikes! I never smoked, I fell in love, I learned how to develop and print film, I climbed the fucking great wall of China, I touched the Hollywood sign! Even before the accident, people asked me how I was never sad, never depressed. I got to do things I never imagined, I loved life, I was living the dream. I don't care what I didn't do, or what I can't do now, because at 20 years old, I was so happy with my life, so satisfied, like soooo stoked. They thought I wasn't going to make it for two days after accident, but I did. Then they told me what I wouldn't be able to do, but they didn't say anything about me bungee jumping, or chest pressing 300 pounds, or doing pull ups on a street light, or meeting some of the sickest people ever. Its been a year, a horrible year, but I'm still alive, still happier than everyone I know. If you're depressed or sad or bored, or even if you're not, go and do something that will change your life, something you have always dreamed of, something you never imagined happening. Who knows if you'll have the chance to do it again.
"If you have the opportunity to play this game called life, you have to appreciate every moment. A lot of people don't appreciate their moment until it's passed."- Kanye.
Appreciate it all, life's dope.”
November 13, 2012
6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
2525 Michigan Avenue, Space D5
Santa Monica, CA 90404 US