A ride with a mission

The Daily Sentinel
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Dana Liesegang rides so that others might walk.
Liesegang is a 36-year-old disabled Navy veteran who suffered a broken neck during a violent attack while stationed in San Diego. Her attacker broke Liesegang’s neck, the damage to her spinal cord leaving her an incomplete quadriplegic.
Although doctors told her she’d never walk again or lead a normal life, her buoyant, indefatigable attitude that life has more to offer has enabled this Grand Junction resident to raft the Grand Canyon, cross-country ski the Colorado Rockies and hand-cycle a half-marathon in Lausanne, Switzerland.
She’s proof that a person with a spinal cord injury doesn’t have to be relegated to a limited, inactive life.
Traditional Western medicine says spinal cord injuries are untreatable and incurable, and it’s rare doctors offer any optimism about walking or functioning completely.
Liesegang from the start refused to believe that diagnosis and never wavered from her determination to someday leave behind the wheelchair.
It’s been a long and at times difficult path, but so far she’s proving the doctors wrong.