We featured a video of Aaron "Wheelz" Fotheringham back in 2013 telling his story about he was born with a birth defect of the spinal cord called Spina Bifida and how he started doing freestyle in his wheelchair which eventually got him involved with Nitro Circus. Today, Aaron not only continues to push what’s possible in a wheelchair, but he’s helping develop chairs that can handle the rigors of his freestyle riding—much like how BMX bikes evolve as riding progresses. And he’s also an official ambassador for the Wings for Life World Run, which is a global race to help raise awareness spinal cord injuries. Aaron’s story is amazing and inspirational to say the least.
“Aaron "Wheelz" Fotheringham, a wheelchair athlete capable of massive front flips and double backflips. When he was 8-years old, he accompanied his older brother to the skatepark to watch him ride BMX and decided that being a spectator wasn't enough. With encouragement from his brother, he dropped in on the ramps and was instantly hooked. He has since continually forged new ground in terms of what's possible on a wheelchair, as well as inspired new technology to make the chairs as durable as possible. He is also an official Wings for Life World Run ambassador, raising awareness for spinal cord injuries through this global race that is planned for May 8.
Born with Spina Bifida, a birth defect of the spinal cord, he is now recognized globally because of his riding on the Nitro Circus Tour. Here is a Q&A with Aaron where he talks about his mentors, involvement with Nitro Circus and how he helps young kids in wheelchairs today. The Wings for Life World Run is rapidly approaching on May 8 in Santa Clarita, California and Sunrise, Florida, or people can do a Selfie Run wherever they happen to be.”