“What’s special about (wheelchair) lacrosse is that it has opened up doors for guys who haven’t been really interested in anything (since their injury). They’re here because they love lacrosse,” said Baker, a 38-year-old paraplegic who organized the nation’s first wheelchair lacrosse league here 16
months ago. “It’s different. It’s new. And, it’s a blessing, because it gives them the opportunity to get involved.”
Baker was a founding member of the Sharp Healthcare Rehabilitation men’s spinal cord injury support group. He worked with the state’s Access to Independence committee to help get institutionalized disabled people into independent community settings. He also volunteers as a peer mentor for newly injured patients at Sharp Rehab.
His spirit and courage haven’t gone unnoticed. Earlier this month he was recognized at Sharp HealthCare Foundation’s 2010 Victories of Spirit awards, honoring five rehabilitation patients for their strength and conviction.