From Kenya to Wyoming: Daniel Skis

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At five years old, a snake bite changed Daniel Safari’s life forever. When doctors had no choice but to amputate...

At five years old, a snake bite changed Daniel Safari’s life forever. When doctors had no choice but to amputate his leg, Daniel worried that he had a bumpy road ahead of him. Living in rural Kenya, he knew of the harsh stigma that came with having a disability. He could’ve given up, but instead, he saw his circumstance as an opportunity to prove his people wrong.

That’s when Daniel decided to learn how to ski.

After instantly falling in love with the sport, Daniel dreamt of the day he could ski competitively. One day, Daniel sent an email to Jason Malczyk, an adaptive ski program director in Jackson Hole, WY. Daniel told Jason that he wanted to prove to his community that people with disabilities can achieve greatness, and that they deserve the same opportunities as everyone else.

Jason was inspired by Daniel’s story, so he turned to GoFundMe to help Daniel reach his goal of becoming Kenya’s first competitive adaptive skier. Today, Daniel is a talented skier who empowers the disabled community by showing the world that “disability” is merely a social construct.

Watch the video above to get inspired by Daniel’s dream!