"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take" -Wayne Gretzky.
I'm giving it a shot...
My name is Marco Musetti. Life took a turn for what most people would call the worst on March 13, 2005. I crashed my dirtbike and broke my back which left me paralyzed. I was dealt a hand on that day. I haven't folded yet, and I don't intend to anytime soon.
I was air-lifted to the local hospital and was in ICU for three days there. I was lucky enough to have a good friend who's mother worked there, so I was well taken care of. After my three day stay, I was transfered to Kaiser. I spent 10 days there, and it wasn't too fun. My aunt, who works in the medical field, worked tirelessly to find a specialty hospital for me to go to. Before I knew it, I was on a private air ambulance, headed for Denver, CO. I arrived at Craig Hospital, a spinal chord and brain injury facility located in Englewood, CO. I spent the next three months there, and I owe my independent life to them. I was taught how to live a daily disabled life there, such as cooking, cleaning, driving, air travel, etc.
While I was in the hospital, my gracious parents scrambled to ready our home for me. Although it didn't need a full remodel, numerous changes had to be made. After three months of construction, it was finally done. I spent the next couple of years adapting and learning how to do things from a wheelchair.
After two and half years of living "at home", I was driven to move out, and live on my own. I finally did it. In 2007, I purchased a house, on some property, with the help of my parents of course. I live a very independent life, which includes raising livestock for food and for weed eating on the property, I grow my own vegetables and fruits, I cook for myself, I clean my own house, etc.
In 2010, after numerous tests and interviews, I was accepted to attend Universal Technical Institute in Sacramento, CA. I went on to graduate with a certificate in Diesel and Industrial Technology, and along way I received awards for top student in two different classes, and received a grade of 90% or better in all 15 classes.
After graduation, I decided to start my own business. I am a small engine and small equipment mechanic, working on things like lawnmowers, chainsaws, motorcycles, scooters, etc. I like what I do, but I'm striving for more...
I'm truly blessed. I have it all. Friends, family, and those others
along the way who have showed support over the past 8 years are the
reason I am who I am today, and I'm very grateful.
While I have
quite a bit on my plate, I've decided to put it all aside to share my
story, and any motivational vibe that I may put out with others who need
I've always been humble when people I meet tell me that
I've been an inspiration to them by just sharing my experiences of what I
do everyday. My typical response is "I'm just like any other average
person out there, no better, no worse", which is the honest truth.
are people all over the country who could benefit from my life story
and experiences, and I'd like to pursue the gratification of helping
them. I was fortunate enough to attend Craig Hospital for my rehab, and I
believe thats where I need to start. I'd like to lend a helping word to
families of newly injured patients, and the patients themselves. I
would most importantly listen to any concerns, and also talk about life
after injury, and how important it is to never give up. I'd also like to
speak to small groups children, whether in schools, youth camps, etc. I
would talk about school and how important it is. I would talk about
sports and staying active. I would talk about treating people with
respect. Most importantly, I would talk about the things in life that we
all take for granted...
However, there are some costs that
come along with what I am trying to accomplish, especially for someone
who is trying to get their name out there. Travel costs, such as
housing, fuel, food, etc. is my biggest road block. What I'm thinking of
doing is purchasing a home on wheels to get over most of those road
With a recreational vehicle, I will be able to set up
anywhere(not all towns/hotels have wheelchair accessible rooms). I'll
have a home away from home, be able to eat home cooked meals, save money
on hotels, airfare, eating out, and rental cars, and have a mobile
work-station. I'll also be able to do more of the things I love to do,
like camping in remote areas with my friends, which I haven't been able
to do in a LONG time. Best of all, I'll be able to view the US from the
So please, click on "Contribute". With your help, I'd be able to get out there and make a difference, not only in other peoples lives, but also my own.