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Paralyzed skier keeps doing what he loves

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ENCINITAS (CBS 8) - A North County man climbed a mountain and skied down it, but what's different about his documentary is that he's a paraplegic.

It's just 65 minutes long, but the man who made it hopes that one hour of your time will inspire you for life.

Twelve years ago at the age of 25, Jeremy McGhee was riding his motorcycle just three blocks from home when a driver cut him off and left him paralyzed from the waist down.

"It's a gift," he said.

Jeremy's documentary is called "Drop In," and in it you see him build up his body to what he calls the best shape of his life in order to climb a mountain and ski.

"The human will to survive is a very powerful thing that lives within all of us. How we tap into it is directly connected to how uncomfortable we're willing to get," Jeremy said.

In Jeremy's case, very uncomfortable. He scaled most of Bloody Mountain near Mammoth by himself.

"I basically laid in a kid's plastic sled on my stomach and did pull-ups on a rope up the mountain," he said.

Although his team had to pick him up and carry him over some boulders, Jeremy did most of the work.

"I ended up in the hospital afterwards with exhaustion and dehydration. That's how difficult it is," he said.

His two-year adventure is over, and now Jeremy wants to share his story with the world for free, travelling the country to raise money for charity.

"No, we don't want to make money. We want to inspire people," he said.

"Drop In" will show free of charge on Sunday at the La Paloma Theater in Encinitas, followed by a party next door at the D Street Bar and Grill, where Jeremy is known as a man on the move.

"He lives a full life. The guy goes surfing, he's skiing," bar manager Ryan Davis said.

I first met Jeremy in April at Scripps Health when he and i tried out the exoskeleton.

"That was a pretty cool experience, walking around in a robot," Jeremy said.

Since his accident, Jeremy spends his life in search of new experiences and spreading his message.

"Life is short. Make that list of everything you want to do in life right now and do it," he said.

This Sunday's free showing will raise money for the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

 

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