Brian learned to ski as a teenager
and became a typical ski "bum", fishing commercially
in the summer before joining the U.I. (Unemployment Insurance)
winter ski team all winter. He lived many of our dreams
working the slopes in Whistler. He married a woman
named Melony and together they had a daughter named Tobie.
Everything was fine until his testosterone got the better
of him, he says of himself and an ensuing single motor
vehicle accident. "I was a 21-year-old statistic." Returning
to Rupert from Vancouver, Brian accidentally drove himself
and two buddies off the road in the infamous Fraser
Canyon. All survived but Brian sustained a spinal cord
of the lower vertebrae T11 and T12, and was pronounced
unable to walk.