I volunteer and enjoy helping children with spinal cord injuries by challenging them to do something and seeing them get to the next level. It is very rewarding to see a kid trying to stand for the first time. My message to the kids is that you have to live. You have to do your business and be functional. Do the little things, like taking care of yourself and making sure you look good. Be a productive part of society. I challenge them to do something today that they did not do yesterday, and tomorrow to do something that they did not do today.
Mike Utley was a professional football player for the Detroit Lions who was paralyzed as a result of an awkward hit during a game in 1991.