Brian Hanaford felt sorry for himself.
He had his reasons. After a serious head injury ended his career as a champion runner, he was temporarily paralyzed and spent years slowly reclaiming everyday abilities. By the time he was in his forties, he had painstakingly regained most of his physical capacities, but little joy in life. Then, in 2002, the son of New Hampshire racecar driver Harold “Hard Luck” Hanaford was participating in a NASCAR-style drive-along event when he met Cameron Shaw-Doran, who was newly confined to a wheelchair after a spinal cord injury. Hanaford invited him to ride along in the passenger seat of his racecar. That ride changed Hanafords life.