Longtime client Larry Dubey is an integral part of C.O.R.E. He characterizes himself as, "A builder as well as an incorrigible, unrepentant, recidivist student." What we see is nothing short of amazing; a man whose mind is as intriguing as his journey with a heart that shares so freely you feel indebted to him just as soon as you engage in conversation.
Larry, or “Dubey”, as he is often referred to as, was willing to share his story for this month's client testimonial:
“On January 10, 2009 at a little after 2 o’clock in the afternoon I had a snowboarding accident at Mammoth, California. I wasn’t jumping, riding rails or half-pipe; just cruising the mountain enjoying some fresh air with my friends. I was airlifted that night to the Renown Trauma Center in Reno and two days later I underwent cervical fusion surgery on C4 through C7. Then I had my 57th birthday. My injury was described as a transected spine at C4/5, which I suppose means crushed or severed. Diagnosed as a C-5 “complete" - whatever that means. I spent a month in the ICU, although I have almost zero recollection of being there, or of any of the dozens of people who came to see me. I was airlifted from Reno to Denver, CO and spent four months of rehab at Craig Hospital. They sent me home just after Memorial Day.
I’m still redefining my hobbies, interests and passions. I think I’ve had a slightly unusual life; some people have jobs for 40 years and a pension so they can retire and do the things I’ve done for work. At the time of my accident my new interest was triathlon. I loved getting up before dawn and huddling with the lunatic fringe on the beach before an open water swim, riding mountain and road bikes, rowing, hiking, taking a nap. I still struggle with what to do. I love to read, spend time with my dogs and enjoy being outside. My work has afforded me wonderful opportunities as a problem solver and a teacher; two things I know I could be doing more of whether I’m working or not. In any event, it’s not what you do; it’s who you do it with.
C.O.R.E. has been a central part of my recovery, of learning how to be quad, and how to be a better person. Sadly, I came to realize that breaking my neck is not the worst thing that can happen to a person, or to me. I’m proud to have played a small part in helping Taylor, Laquita and Aaron realize their dream and develop their brand. They have been steadfastly loyal and supportive. Taylor remains one of the wackiest people I’ve ever had the great pleasure to know. A character with character. It’s not what you do; it’s who you do it with.”
We are so very lucky to have you as part of C.O.R.E. - we wish you continued success and look forward to all that you add to our lives!