Dylan Flaherty

Born: 12/29/1996

Injured: 03/07/2017

Injury: T9 / T10 Complete Spinal Cord Injury

Flying down the highway on his motorcycle, Dylan loved riding with his close group of friends. Riding was more than a hobby as he had a multitude of bikes and was one of the leaders in his group that would meet up to cruise around the DFW metroplex. One particular day in March 2017, the group hurried down the highway after Dylan was a little late. As the group was about to miss their exit, Dylan didn’t see the bike in front of him slam on the breaks. Only a few feet behind, Dylan couldn’t slow down in time, sending him over the handlebars, crashing, flipping and sliding across the road. Despite the violence he experienced in the crash, including his helmet flying off, Dylan remained conscious and cognizant throughout the entire experience.

At the hospital, Dylan found himself with a multitude of injuries including broken ribs, a punctured lung, and the most life altering, a T9 & T10 complete spinal cord injury. Dylan was paralyzed from the chest down. After only 11 days in the hospital he was sent home to figure what the next step in his life would be. Two and a half weeks at home unsure where to go, he was finally connected to the Neurological Recovery Center in Fort Worth where he would begin his road to recovery. His attitude of conquering any challenge that presented itself allowed him to focus this time on getting stronger and adapting to this new way of life.

After his rehab and getting home, Dylan heard about Adaptive Training Foundation through another ATF athlete and didn’t waste any time becoming a part of Class 14. Going through the ReDefine training program, Dylan has found a new drive to become part of a Paralympic basketball and swim team. Also father of a 2 year old daughter, Dylan continues to strengthen himself to lift his little girl up higher and higher.