'Walk and Roll' 5K benefits, inspires people with spinal injuries

Beyond The Chair helps people of all ages

Author: Jennifer Dodd , Reporter, jdodd@ksat.com
Published On: Nov 24 2012 05:05:36 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 24 2012 05:33:48 PM CST

For many participating in the first ever Walk and Roll 5K Saturday, reaching the finish line was triumphant.

Andrea Espino's 4 year-old son Anakin was born with a chromosomal disorder. Espinoza was once told he would never walk, but today he did just that.

"It's the world to me. Ya know, someone once told me he would never do this. He's gonna do, he's gonna do more," said Espino.

Saturday's walk benefits Beyond the Chair, an organization devoted to people young and old with spinal injuries.

It was founded by Laura Dominguez-Tauer, who has spent the last 10 years in a wheelchair after her neck was broken in a car accident.

"It's been my desire since day one of my injury to help people," said Dominguez-Tauer.

She said she loves being able to give people hope, something mother Jennifer Moreno certainly has.

Moreno's son Eddie was shot during a road rage incident. He's now paralyzed from the neck down, but she said Beyond the Chair has done a lot for him in just a short time.

"The doctors still said they don't see him being able to move from the neck down. But since we've been going to beyond the chair, a couple of weeks ago he wiggled his toes," said Moreno.

The mother said every little victory matters, including Saturday's victory as they crossed the finish line.

For more information, visit Beyond the Chair's web site.