Charleston paraplegic man completes the Race for the Cure

Adam Gorlitsky begins the Race for the Cure.
Adam Gorlitsky begins the Race for the Cure.

CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) — Hundreds across the Lowcountry took part in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure event at Volvo Car Stadium on Daniel Island Saturday.

The event raises money and awareness for breast cancer research. Many participants also complete the race in honor of someone who has battled the disease.

Adam Gorlitsky walked in the race in suport of his friend Sonya. However, a race isn’t as easy for Adam to complete as everyone else. Adam lost his ability to walk on his own when he was in a car accident resulting in a spinal cord injury.

Through a program with Roper Hospital, Adam acquired exoskeleton technology that allows the paraplegic to walk. He has participated in 3 races so far, including April’s Cooper River Bridge Run. He says his dad is his biggest supporter.

“He’s been there through all the struggles, adversity, and now all the successes,” said Adam.

Adam is hoping to raise awareness to his 1,000,000 Steps campaign. He’s hoping to cover that many steps while doing races in order to raise awareness to spinal cord injuries. So far, he guesses he’s reached 35,000.


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