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Organizations aim to keep people active

Veronica Whitney

VAIL – Setting goals is key to those going through life-changing situations, said Capt. David Rozelle. “Set a goal for yourself, whether it is to lose 12 pounds or to run a marathon,” Rozelle said. “You got to set a goal that is somewhat realistic though it’s O.K. to set long-time goals.”Once he had set goals for himself, Rozelle said, he sought help.”I did it alone, but I had assistance from different programs,” he said. “There are some great opportunities. People can do it alone, but there’s great organizations and people that can help, so why not use them? I use them.”Among those is Denver-based Adaptive Adventures, which every year helps about 500 people with physical disabilities keep active. These include people with spinal cord injuries, amputations and mobility impairments.Ian Lawless, Colorado regional director for Adaptive Adventures, also said people can ask for help.”Not only for them, but for their families as well,” Lawless said. “They don’t have to find all this out on their own. A lot of research has been done by us already and we can also refer them to other organizations.”Adaptive Adventures provides the instruction and recreation equipment that would otherwise be expensive to rent or buy to get started, Lawless said.”We try to give people skills to become independent and do whatever they want,” Lawless said. “The other aspect is the social one. People who participate in our program meet other people like themselves. They can get involved in the disabled community.”For more information on Adaptive Adventures, call (877)679-2770 or visit:

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