Injured athlete inspires by paddling to Portland

Injured athlete inspires by paddling to Portland

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Posted on September 3, 2013 at 6:37 AM

EUGENE, Ore. – An athlete from Eugene just completed a three-day trip to Portland on a stand-up paddle board to help raise awareness about debilitating injuries like his.

Nathan Woods said he was determined not to let his football injury keep him from a life of athletics and adventure. So, ten years after almost losing his leg, Woods paddled more than 160 miles from Eugene to Portland.

His "Keep Standing" T-shirt said it all – and inspired others along the way, too.

Shane Perrin, a professional endurance athlete who had a kidney transplant years ago, made the trip with him Woods.

They said it was a celebration of Wood's recovery and a way to raise awareness and funds for groups that offer help.

“He struggled on some of the sections. It was really hot. His feet were bothering him, they were hurting him. His leg was also hurting him a bit,” Perrin said. “He was working with a lot of adversity on this expedition and to watch him just rise above each time, it was amazing.”

Woods hopes to make the paddle trip an annual event.

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