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Meridian man races after tragic accident

Posted: 10:35 PM, Sep 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-07 09:48:21-04

"So we started racing in a high school class at firebird raceway," Aaron Marcum, Meridian native. 

Marcum started racing when he was just 15 years old.

"I've just been doing that ever since." 

He raced semi professionally for several years and ended up finishing 4th in the world in one of his classes. 

In August of 2016, Marcum was at his cabin working on his deck when he tripped and fell over the deck. 

"The only thing I can remember is not being able to feel my legs." 

Since the accident Marcum has been in a wheelchair as a quadriplegic, but he was determined to keep racing.

"When I was laying in the hospital for five months up and down, that's all I could really think about."

Recently, Marcum got back in the drivers seat and began racing a modified truck. 

Marcum does have limited use of his hands which allows him to drive the truck. 

"Gives me an outlet you know because otherwise life's pretty boring when you're not working." 

Now he's even started to walk. 

"I hope to fully walk again."

Marcum lends his success to his physical therapists, friends and family.  

And he wants to serve as an inspiration to others. 

"I hope this motivates them to still be able to go out and chase their dreams and enjoy the things that they enjoy."

If you would like to watch him race, he will be at Firebird raceway Saturday, September 8th, 2018.