Determination can be defined as a firm or fixed intention to achieve a desired end. Spending an afternoon with Moise (rhymes with voice) Brutus is like watching determination come to life.
After a motorcycle accident resulted in a triple amputation, it’s safe to say this 22-year-old has been through more hardship in the last two years than most of us will see in a lifetime.
Now, as he trains for the 2016 Paralympics in cycling, Moise’s combination of hard work, determination, and self-imposed music therapy, is helping him overcome the odds – not to mention captivating others with his can-do attitude and indomitable spirit.
“This accident won’t define what I can do!”
It was a normal day in October 2010 that ended with a life changing moment. After a night of riding with friends in Broward County, Fla., as Moise headed home, visibility worsened and, in what he recalls as a split second, he was thrown from his bike.
Lying on the concrete bank of an irrigation ditch, he reached for his cell phone to call for help – only to discover his left hand was missing. Forcing himself to sit up, he soon discovered his left leg was also missing and his right leg severely damaged. He quickly called 911 and waited for paramedics to find him.
“After the accident I went through some pretty rough times emotionally,” said Moise. In fact, he is quick to credit technology for the role it played in his rescue and recovery.
From the HD2 he used to communicate with responders searching for him, to his current Evo 4G LTE; staying connected friends, listening to music, and now using training apps like Endomondo have helped him overcome the obstacles in his way.
“Music played a huge part in my recovery,” said Moise. “The ability to just put on headphones and drift away; whether listening to Bon Iver, Kanye West, Coldplay or Justin Bieber, music provided a source of inspiration, motivation and stress relief.”
The one artist Moise credits most with helping him through the toughest times is Kanye West.
“All five of his albums helped me out lots,” said Moise. “His first album, ‘The College Dropout,’ helped me to realize that no matter what happens I need to continue to follow my heart and live my life. His fourth album, ’808’s and Heartbreak,’ helped me get past a relationship that ended a couple months after my accident.”
Now, Moise’s recovery is in full swing. He’s found a passion for competition, especially cycling, and has begun working with USA Bicycling’s Carlos Laborde at the Brian Piccolo Velodrome in Florida.
His training can be intense. He’s now riding two hours a day on the streets of Miami practicing his technique and building stamina. At least once each week he rides the banked ovals of the Velodrome where he works on riding the single-speed fixed gear bikes (with no brakes) that are common to track racing.
“I feel like the foundation is set for me to accomplish anything I want to,” he said. “As long as I believe and do the necessary work, there’s nothing I can’t do.”