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Montel Williams, DSES helps a Wounded Warrior ski
Maggie Palchak, standing left, and TV talk show host Montel Williams, standing right, help Wounded Warrior Cedric King with monosking last May in Chile. King was wounded in Afganistan in July 2012.
One thing about working at Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra: You never know what to expect when you answer the phone.
Case in point: last winter, Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra Paralympic Sport Program Coordinator Maggie Palchak answered what seemed like a typical call from a woman inquiring about getting a Wounded Warrior on skis.
Palchak, 51, a PSIA Level 3 Adaptive Certified Instructor, was used to such calls, but this one was a little more interesting than normal. After going through the standard list of initial questions, she was still curious about the woman’s relationship to the Wounded Warrior, Cedric King.
King, the woman said, was in the process of recovering from wounds at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.
“She didn’t sound like his partner or therapist, and he wasn’t available to answer any questions,” Palchak said. At that point, she learned the woman was the Executive Assistant to Emmy Award-winning TV and radio host Montel Williams.
A veteran of more than 20 years’ service in the Marines and the Navy, Williams, 57, is also a health and wellness entrepreneur, and a major supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project. Williams, who has himself been learning to live with Multiple Sclerosis, has frequently visited wounded warriors at Walter Reed.
He recently met King on one of his visits, and the two struck up a friendship. Less than a year from a combat injury from an improvised bomb in Afghanistan, King, 36, was getting used to life with his new prosthetic legs, as well as damage to his ulnar nerve, which limited the use of his right hand and arm.
Williams has neuropathy in his feet and legs from his MS. He found snowboarding helps his mobility issues, and wanted to share the benefits of snowsports with his new friend. » Read More
Get the "Drop In Project" on DVD!
Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra is proud to be a part of paraplegic skier Jeremy McGhee's "Mammoth" undertaking: climbing and skiing one of North America's steepest, most ominous backcountry lines: Bloody Couloir in Mammoth Lakes.
You can share in the experience by getting your copy of "Drop In: Bloody Couloir" on DVD! ORDER NOW!
An instructor and a member of the DSES Advisory Board, Jeremy has been involved with DSES for a decade. "Drop In" was co-produced and directed by DSES volunteer Alan Jacoby, a Hollywood cameraman and cinematographer, known for his work on MTV's "The Buried Life."
Also supporting Jeremy and the expedition were DSES staff members Bryan Thomson and Mark Herman, and volunteers Linsey Ferrell, Rebecca Garrett and Izzy Goberman. "Drop In" exemplifies the reason why DSES exists: so people can do what they love. "We are touching lives one at a time." -Jeremy McGhee
DVDs are in stock, but quantities are limited, so get your order in now!
Give what you can ... Jeremy says no amount is too large or too small!
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