october 18, 2014
Renowned author and motivational speaker Denis Waitley once said that there are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.
A former cyclist turned marathon runner, Cory Scheer, has chosen to accept the responsibility for changing his circumstances after experiencing a near-fatal accident in July.
Scheer was in the middle of training for a full ironman triathlon when he was struck by a motorist less than a mile from his home. He sustained significant injuries that included hairline fractures to his spine, a concussion, various contusions and multiple lacerations to his back, hip, arms, face, and ear that resulted in 300 stitches. Amazingly though, Scheer did not acquire any internal injuries, major bone fractures, spinal cord compromises, or injuries to tendons or ligaments.
“Multiple medical professional called the incident and subsequent recovery a medical miracle,” said Scheer. “After only two days in the hospital, I began the recovery process and was back to running just four weeks post-accident.”
Now, nearly fully recovered, Scheer has shifted his priorities with athletic competition. He hopes to tell his story and encourage others to give to organizations that are meeting this world’s deepest needs.
Next week’s Kansas City Marathon will be Scheer’s first stop on his 12 month journey to run 12 marathons, which also includes: St. Louis Marathon, KC Gobbler Grind Marathon, Run for the Ranch Marathon, Austin Marathon, Brew to Brew Ultra Marathon, Garmin Oz Marathon, Lincoln Marathon, Maryville Marathon, Estes Park Marathon, Heart of America Marathon and the Omaha Marathon. This will be Scheer’s second Kansas City Full Marathon.
“Although my competitive cycling days are over, my endurance endeavors are now focused on running 12 marathons in 12 months for five Charities that meet basic needs,” said Scheer. “I hope that the community will join me in my efforts to support these great organizations.”
Scheer anticipates that his training plan will be a work in progress, especially with a busy schedule over the next year. There are times where he will run marathons in back-to-back weeks, while other times there will be as much as two months in between races.
“I will work hard to listen to my body and not push myself to hit mileage just for the sake of crossing it off the training log,” said Scheer. “Sleep is another critical ingredient to the success of the training plan. With four kids under the age of 11, sleep is vitally important!”
Scheer chose the following five charities that specifically address the basic human needs of shelter, water, education, food and love: 200 Orphanages Worldwide, Living Water International, Raising a Reader KC, Camp to Belong and World Vision.
“My hope is that people take the opportunity to learn about why and how these organizations are addressing such deep needs that affect billions of people,” said Scheer. “With minimal, but collective effort on our part, we can provide help to those helping others that have the most significant needs.”
During Scheer’s recovery, he has reflected on the moments right before he was loaded into the ambulance. He believes that life is pretty simple when you are completely in need of help, unable to care for yourself, and deeply affected by life’s seemingly unfair circumstances.
“The support I received from the scene of the accident to the hospital to my physical therapists has been incredible,” said Scheer. “During every step of the way, my family and friends have gone out of their way to provide encouragement and support. Aside from the physical healing that occurred, I am grateful for such wonderful friends and family that aided in my emotional, spiritual, and psychological support as well. My church family at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church has been vital for my accident recovery.”
Scheer’s accident taught him that life can change in an instant, but hopes that people can become inspired “to make every mile matter.”
“When you are focused on serving the needs of others, your own personal needs are put into perspective,” said Scheer. “It is a privilege to run in races like the Kansas City Marathon, even after a challenging season of recovery.”
For more information on becoming a part of Scheer’s community that makes every mile matter, visit: http://www.basicneedsmarathon.com/ or like his cause on Facebook at www.facebook.com/basicneedsmarathon.
By LaRenn DiPede