Alex Elegudin and Yannick Benjamin met after sustaining spinal cord injuries in the same month. Alex was just 19 and Yannick was 25. Young and determined to persevere, Alex returned to school to become an attorney and Yannick went to college while becoming an esteemed sommelier.
After years of volunteering in the disability community, Alex and Yannick decided to use their experience and networks to tackle challenging, underserved areas of need. In 2011, they founded Wheeling Forward with a group of committed board members. In just a few short years, the organization has provided people with the motivation and resources to resume active lives. Wheeling Forward is recognized as an agile, innovative and effective group of advocates working to drive progress in the disability community.