"My dream of playing college baseball ended when I was 18 and broke my neck in a truck rollover accident. Now, the only muscles that work are my biceps.

"In the hospital, I learned about a quadriplegic who hand-cycled 513 miles. Then I heard that someone else had gone even farther. It just kind of stuck in the back of my mind that I could raise money to help people with spinal cord injuries by breaking the hand-cycling world record.

"My goal is to hand-cycle 1,100 miles, from Huntington Beach, Calif., to Idaho Falls, Idaho. The communication skills I've learned at Weber State have definitely helped me get sponsors and build public awareness for my cause."