It’s hard to imagine. Over the course of just a couple years, Noah Currier has gone through more than most people do in a lifetime. One car wreck took his ability to walk, another took his fiancée. Two crashes left his heart and body broken and his future uncertain.

After the second crash when he lost his fiancée, Noah was completely devastated. He sank into a deep depression and had frequent thoughts of suicide. Not wanting to hurt his family, he pushed through — painfully — each day. For months, one wake up after another, he didn’t know what would come next. He was out of hope and ideas when he received a simple but powerful invitation.

He was asked to participate in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, an annual event organized by the Paralyzed Veterans of America and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He reluctantly agreed — and was instantly hooked. He began upping the level of difficulty with wheelchair rugby, flying, skydiving, and offroading. He also became a part of an amazing community of paralyzed and amputee athletes who participate in events such as the Spartan and Tough Mudder races.