Double Arm Amputee Triathlete Raising Money for Baby
A double arm amputee triathlete is cycling across the country to bring arms to a baby boy.
On Tuesday he shared his story with students from the Florida Fire State College.
"Look at me. I can do it. You can do it. Anything is possible," said Hector Picard.
Forty-seven-year-old Picard is a double arm amputee triathlete from South Florida.
March 31, 2013 marked 21 years since his accident.
"I was working on a substation transformer down in Hollywood, Florida and I made contact with 13, 00 volts of electricity that went through my body twice," said Picard.
He had his entire right arm amputated and half of his left, but that didn't stop him from doing what he was use to.
"Imagine changing a diaper with your feet. A dirty diaper with your feet. It's not the prettiest site, but I was blessed to be there. When somebody tells me I can't do something the first thing that goes through my mind is how can I do this better and faster than that person," said Picard.
Picard spent years learning how to live with one prosthetic arm.
"This is my electric arm. It has some really cool features. Very effective," said Picard.
In August 2012, he became the very first double arm amputee 3X Ironman.
"Happy to be alive. Happy to be out there telling my story and living life to the fullest," said Picard.
Now he's on to his next challenge.
Cycling 3200 miles, across 13 states, in 36 days.
All for a baby boy he has never met.
The goal is to raise 32,000 for future prosthetic arms for baby Jameson Davis.
"At the same time show the parents that anything is possible. That a gentlemen like their son is traveling across the country doing something a handful of people have done," said Picard.
Picards journey started on Saturday in Miami Florida and will continue until July 13, 2013.
Arriving at Spokane, Washington, where Jameson lives.
"I think if everybody does something for a stranger it would be a better world. So I want to do this and I am going to meet my goal. I will succeed at it. I will reach the finish line and I will meet Jameson," said Picard.
During his trip, Picard will be speaking at various places.
Click on the link below to see a schedule of Picards journey, to donate to "Hands for Baby Jameson," or for public speaking scheduling.
Here is a link for more information about baby Jameson:
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