After sustaining a spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the waist down, world-class adventurer, nonoscientist, and professional athlete, Grant Korgan – who had never shied away from a challenge – refused to balk at his new reality because he still had a mission in store. Ten years prior, when his best friend and climbing partner passed away in an avalanche, his parents entrusted Korgan with their son’s equipment, entreating him to continue climbing on life’s skinny branches. Spurred by his commitment to a friend, an overwhelming sense of self-belief, and armed with the unconditional love and support of his soul mate and wife Shawna, Korgan decided right from the start he would overcome. By doing the hard work and tirelessly visualizing his progression, he found the strength to rise and reclaim his active lifestyle by becoming the first spinal cord-injured athlete in history to ski 80 miles to Antarctica’s South Pole. Today, he is the emerging face of spinal cord recovery and heralds his message of choosing positivity through adversity so that we may all climb a mountain for someone we love.
Korgan chronicles his injury and road to recovery in Two Feet Back, the first in a series of autobiographies, aimed toward reminding us all “that regardless of ability (or perceived dis-ability), every single one of us has the power to come to the awareness that you can achieve everything you desire in this life”.
“I believe that humanity’s natural state is one of positivity, greatness, and, ultimately, love,” begins Grant as he shares with others what he knows about the power of positivity, achieving goals regardless of circumstance, and the importance of remembering that life is happening right now, in this moment, with or without our permission.
His South Pole expedition was filmed as part of noted director Steven Siig’s documentary The Push: A South Pole Adventure. Korgan’s challenge was to raise money and awareness for the California-based 501.c.3 nonprofit High Fives Foundation, which helps winter-sports athletes recover from life-altering injuries and return to the sport they love. Additionally, Korgan’s expedition supports the Reeve Irvine Research Center, a science research facility at the University of California-Irvine devoted to the study of the repair, regeneration, and recovery of function after spinal cord injury.
In enthralling multimedia presentations, Grant Korgan plunges his audience into his skiing, snowmobiling, and kayaking expeditions by sharing multi-angled, HD footage of his various experiences – including his fateful snowmobile accident. His keynotes are universally applicable to all individuals and organizations – from healthcare professionals to athletes to corporations – inspiring all to believe in the enduring power of the human spirit within us all! Because as Korgan says, “we are all survivors, we are all survivors of something”…
“Its not about what I’ve done, its about what I am going to do” – Grant Korgan