When we first met 23-year-old Moise (rhymes with voice) Brutus, he had recently started cycling with a dream of riding in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Brazil. After losing both legs and part of his left arm in a 2010 motorcycle accident, it’s hard to imagine Moise riding a bike at all (much less competing in races). But, as we learned from him last year, the word ‘can’t’ isn’t in his vocabulary.
Now, eight months after our first introduction, Moise’s strong will and determination continue to drive him toward success. His training has intensified (including a week-long session at the US Olympic facility in Colorado Springs), he has returned to school, and started giving back to his community. For Moise, giving back has been an important part of his recovery.
“After my accident, it took me a while to get everything back together, and I had a lot of support” he said. “Now, looking back at everything I went through, and everyone who helped me, I realize how important it is to help others.”
Today, he gives back through charity cycling events (in April, Moise rode 53 miles, raising money for Multiple Sclerosis) and volunteering in an art class for children with disabilities. His positive attitude helps the children understand that they, like Brutus, can accomplish anything.
The time he’s spent at the art studio has also helped him discover a new passion – painting. Like cycling and music, painting provides Moise an outlet to express himself and his commitment to “never give up.”
Music is still a key part of his everyday life. Whenever he’s looking for motivation or inspiration, he puts on his Beats Audio headphones and launches an eclectic playlist, from Kanye West and Daft Punk to Bon Iver and Macklemore, on his HTC One.
And his cycling dream is well underway. Thanks to the sponsorship of Miami-based Mack Cycle & Fitness, Moise has a brand new Giant Defy carbon road bike. He spends hours everyday building strength and stamina as he trains on the streets of Miami.
Most recently, he was invited to the US Olympic training facility in Colorado Springs. He spent the first week of May training with other paralympic athletes, working on track racing and road cycling; including his first mountain climb – a 14 percent grade climbing over 2,500 feet. He’s been invited back to Colorado this September to continue his training.
At 23, Moise has seen more adversity than many of us will see in a lifetime. Yet through it all, he remains positive and focused. Last September, he told us there was nothing he couldn’t do. Today, he’s making his dreams come true.