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Coming To My Senses Shares Struggle of Motorcross Racer Aaron Baker

One night while performing in my first Broadway show, someone came through the stage door to announce that Christopher Reeve had endured an injury from horse riding. Apparently, his spinal cord had been severed.  What this meant is this man the world had come to know as Superman was now not able to walk…let alone fly. Due to the lack of knowledge or funding for this type of injury, Reeve and his wife Dana started the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, which still thrives today.

Spending most of my career as a dancer in Broadway shows, cruise ships, USO tours, when my knees finally started to turn on me, total knee replacement was about to become my new normal.  It was mind-boggling to me how something as simple as bending my leg or going up and down stairs were met with difficulty and frustration on my part.  So imagine for a split second how motocross racing champion Aaron Baker felt when he severed his spinal cord.

Coming To My Senses is the brutally honest story of Aaron Baker’s struggle and triumph of going from getting a diagnosis of not being able to walk to crossing Death Valley in 6 days. Baker, also realizing the need for more  rehab facilities in SoCal, created Center of Restorative Exercise, in Northridge, California.  C.O.R.E. is an inclusive, integrated fitness facility that bridges the gap between rehabilitation & regular fitness.  For many, mainstream facilities are not designed to accommodate the individualistic needs of the injured and disabled community, making it easy for this group to succumb to a sedentary lifestyle.

Aaron Baker proves that when it comes to the human body, mind over matter is truly more than a quote.  Dominic and Nadia Gill illustrate Baker’s journey with breathtaking imagery and archival footage furthermore solidifying that this was one motocross racer whose injury would not define his physical fate.  Check out this interview I had with the awesome film makers Nadia and Dominic Gill…


Coming To My Senses is inspiring  and brings the reality home that there is always someone who has it worse than you.  Be grateful.  Be joyful.  Be the best YOU the world can stand.  Distributed by The Orchard,  COMING TO MY SENSES will be available on EST platforms May 15th and via VOD on May 22nd .

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