Robotic Legs Help Two Paralyzed People Complete 6 Mile Race, Their Spirit Is Unbreakable.

After suffering debilitating accidents earlier in life, Marka Danielle Rodgers and Adam Gorlitsky both finished a race that would challenge the fittest athlete. The catch? They are both essentially paralyzed.

Adam was able to finish the 6.2-mile race across the Cooper River Bridge in Mt Pleasant, SC with the help of a robotic exoskeleton.

10-years-ago, Adam was injured in a car accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down. With the help of family, friends and his “I Got Legs” team, Adam made 17,932 steps in 7 hours to finish the 6.2-mile race. 

Adam told News 2, “[Training] started in mid-August; maybe 6 1/2 months, seven months later….here we are!”

Marka, a former ballerina and breast cancer survivor suffered two spinal cord accidents -one in ’94 and another in ’12 that left her an incomplete quadriplegic.

Years of rehabilitation and hard work called Marka to challenge herself like she never had before. Marka completed the 6.2-mile race a little over 2 hours

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In a race that draws nearly 30,000 participants every year, Marka and Adam felt love and encouragement from everyone around them.

“Everyone was so nice and supportive,” said Marka in a post-race phone interview. “I’m overwhelmed and have been fighting back tears all morning.”

For Adam, the event was more than just a race, “I really truly feel like this is the first step, no pun intended, the first step to the rest of my life.”


Marka and Adam are an inspiration to us all.  And the technology that helped them accomplish this feat is nothing short of miraculous.  So thankful to live in today’s day and age.

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