Scottsdale resident Jason Graber made his way to Bartlett Lake Marina on Saturday, May 21, to participate in Barrow Neurological Institute’s Day on the Lake.
Mr. Graber caught air like a pro as he rode his water ski across the wake. Barrow’s Day on the Lake program provides adaptive water sports for people with physical and neurological disabilities.
The only event of its caliber in Arizona, Day on the Lake gives participants the opportunity to kayak, water ski, jet ski, wake board, fish, and ride a boat in a safe and encouraging environment.
Mr. Graber, 41, injured his spinal cord in an auto accident and uses a wheelchair. He looks forward to water skiing every year.
“Day on the Lake is such a cool event,” Mr. Graber said enthusiastically. “I want to thank Barrow profusely for everything they do!”
Jo Crawford, program coordinator for the Barrow Connection at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, spearheads the event every year.
“We’re dedicated to helping provide post-injury patients with access to recreation,” said Mr. Crawford in a prepared statement.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of changing lives at the Marina. Bryan Church, owner of the Bartlett Lake Marina, opens up the dock to the event every year.
“We wouldn’t be able to have such a great event without Bryan Church and the generosity he’s shown us by letting the event use the Marina for the past two decades,” Mr. Crawford says. “He’s been so wonderful to us!”
To get more information about Day on the Lake or dates for upcoming events, please contact Jo Crawford at 602-406-6280.
The Scottsdale Independent is available for free every Wednesday.