A paralyzed man is competing in the New York City Marathon on Sunday, with a little help from a teacher at his former school.
Mikey Nichols (23) broke his neck playing ice hockey for his high school in 2014. Through grueling physical therapy sessions he regained the use of his arms and toyed with the idea of one day completing a marathon as a hand cyclist. Joe Rooney, an English teacher at Mikey’s former middle school, suggested that the pair tackle the race together. Joe will be pushing Mikey in a Hoyt racer - an aerodynamic three-wheeler - for the entire 26.2-mile race on Sunday. They’re competing in the duo-team category and their goal is to raise $30,000 for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.