PINELLAS PARK, FL (WFLA) — Pinellas Park resident, Michael DeLancey, celebrates September 1st as his “Alive Day.” Exactly nine years ago, a sniper shot him in Iraq. DeLancey is now paralyzed from the waist down. He hit the road, on an adaptive bike, along with other veterans and supporters Tuesday morning to raise awareness.
“When you get injured you can go one way or the other,” DeLancey said. “You can either sulk in the corner and feel sorry for yourself or find a sport that you like that makes you want to wake up and do something every morning.”
DeLancey has traveled across the country and the world inspiring veterans. Now he’s focusing on helping veterans closer to home. His newest project is building a Wounded Warriors Abilities Ranch at 5500 62nd Avenue in Pinellas Park. The ranch, expected to be completed in a few years, will have a pond and trails plus sport courts. The goal is to give wounded veterans a place to hang out and have fun.
“It’s good to get guys like me a hobby again in life,” DeLancey said. “We need to get a sense of purpose. Get them out and active so they live a long, healthy, active lifestyle.”