|Madonna Long, participant driver|
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 Hanaford’s life.