Man uses his life-altering experience to push prevention

By Matthew Daneman
Staff writer

CARLOS ORTIZ staff photographer
Dave Resseguie, a paraplegic, is a founder of the local chapter of the National Spinal Cord Injury Association. He broke his back 16 years ago in a skiing accident at Bristol Mountain and now teaches fourth grade in Brockport. [Day in Photos]

(August 9, 2004) - OGDEN - When Joseph Paris lost the use of his legs nine years ago after prostate surgery, he had much to learn about how to navigate in his new life as a paraplegic.
But arguably the most valuable lesson he got was from a fellow paraplegic, David Resseguie.

"When I met Dave, he enabled me to try to be positive in doing things - there's really nothing I couldn't do," said Paris, 72, of Greece. "People like that give hope to individuals when they're struck with this."

As a founder of the Rochester