"I didn't want to take for granted the fact that I still had full use of my legs."
Dave Schaeffer has always gravitated towards adventure especially in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Once an avid snowboarder, Dave’s adventure one winter on the snow-packed mountain came quickly to an end.
“I came down on a flat and couldn't move. When they told me I had fractured my spine. I thought my life was over,” says Dave.
After being carried down the mountain and taken to a near-by hospital, Dave was transferred to Swedish Medical Center where he would receive treatment.
“My care was excellent. I really thank my doctor and the nurses for helping me recover so quickly,” says Dave. After several weeks he was cleared to go home and he left grateful that his injuries weren't any worse. “I think there is something about going through the process of suffering. It really makes you think about your life,” explains Dave.
After a full recovery, Dave decided he would trade in his snowboard for climbing gear. “Why not climb a mountain,” he explains. “Climbing has always been another passion of mine and I would love to go out and climb the seven summits of the world.”
Dave has started his climbing adventure and plans to conquer Everest in 2016. He says he was inspired through his recovery at Swedish to go out and get back on the mountain. “There’s no better opportunity than now. The time is now.”