The Next Adventure...
On August 15, 2010, I passed my National Title as the current Ms. Wheelchair America. I am now embarking on a new journey by focusing on my passion for adaptive sports, especially surfing. I am using the sport as my new platform to reach other people with my story of "Anything's Possible". I believe that adaptive sports can help redefine people's lives after injury or disablitiy. To donate please click the paypal button below. Your donations will be used to help with my travel expenses as I travel helping with various camps throughout the summer of 2011. Each month I update my blog with pictures and other content to share what you have helped me accomplish as well as the lives you have helped me touch through your generous donations. Thank you and God Bless!
"..With God, all things are possible." Mathew 19:26 NIV
Hello, my name is Erika Bogan. I am a 28-year-old paraplegic. I was injured at the age of 21, in 2002 in a motor-vehicle accident caused by anger. I thought at that moment that my life was over, but instead it was just beginning. On April 18, 2009 I was crowned Ms. Wheelchair North Carolina 2009, and then on August 29, 2009 I was crowned Ms. Wheelchair America 2010 in Rapid City, South Dakota. My plan since I have received this title, is to continue advocating for people living with disabilities by making the public aware of their accomplishments as well as establishing organizations to help motivate and supply resources for people with disabilities to give them the same opportunities as everyone else to reach their goals and dreams. I believe that it is so important to help people redefine their lives after disability by finding out what their passion is. My passion is speaking, advocating, and surfing. I feel the only place where I am totally liberated from my disability is when I am in the middle of the ocean on my board, and when I am on stage making a difference in someone's life through sharing my story. You can read more about my title and the state pageant at http://www.mswheelchairnc.org/ and more about the national title, and Ms. Wheelchair America program at http://www.mswheelchairamerica.org/ . I am a motivational/public speaker, dedicated to giving other spinal cord injured patients and people with disabilities the hope and proof that life goes on and ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Life can be full of unexpected obstacles. I have chosen to take one moment in my life that was once considered a tragedy, and make it the most positive moment in my life. My disability does not define who I am, rather it gives me the content to reach my dream of making a difference in the lives of others.
I also hope that this site will allow the world, to see that anyone can reach their dreams, no matter their circumstances or physical limitations. I would love to be able to spread awareness of the accomplishments of disabled people and the statement "Disabled bodies but ABLE minds". We all can do anything that we put our mind to and I am living proof of this!
This whole journey has been such a blessing! I am excited about sharing this journey with you all as it progresses and my dreams become within reach!
"There are moments in your life that make you and sets the course of who you're going to be. Sometimes they're little, subtle moments. Sometimes they are big moments you never saw coming. No one asks for their life to change, but it does. It's what you do afterwards that counts. That's when you find out who you are."
~Erika Bogan aka Unperfect Angel
Above Picture: Surfing with Life Rolls On (left) Photoshoot Memorial Gardens St. Augustine Florida (right) both courtesy of Senette Jenkins Photography
badass (bad · ass) n., pl -es 1. Someone who, despite being dealt a significant physical disadvantage, lives an extraordinary and inspiring life. 2. A person who doesn't "cope with their situation"; so much as transcend perceived obstacles and make them irrelevant. 3.Badasses define themselves by their accomplishments, not their limitations.
I am honored to have been chosen as a "Featured Badass" for the project, headed by Johnny B. Truant (www.johnnybtruant.com) Please help support this project, in the movement to break stigmas placed on those living with disabilities and other limitations.
Here is the link to my interview and article for the project: http://thebadassproject.com/erika-bogan/
Ms. Wheelchair America Org http://www.mswheelchairamerica.org/
Colours Wheelchair http://www.colourswheelchair.com/
Erik Kondo http://www.not-me.org/
Chloe Magazine http://www.chloemagazine.com/
Ski for Light http://www.bhsfl.org/
Lega Wear http://www.davidlega.com/
Ocean Healing Group http://www.oceanhealinggroup.org/
Aaron Fotheringham (Harcore Sitting) http://www.aaronfotheringham.com/
Life Rolls On Foundation http://www.liferollson.org/
Will Clark http://www.comfortcompany.com/
Kenda Tires http://www.kendausa.com/
Professir X (Richard Gaskin) http://www.ibelieveinc.org/
Betty Miller @ Heritage Makers http://www.mystorybooklady.blogspot.com/
Deanna Collins http://www.thegratitudecircle.net/
John Ryan Photography www.justjohnryan.com
Pushing Boundaries http://www.pushing-boundaries.org/
Wheelchair Nation http://www.wheelchairnation.com/
Physical Issues http://www.physicalissues.com//