Paraplegic hopes to ride again

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Clint Zentner is determined to race again.

The 23-year-old who is bound to a wheelchair following a motocross accident at the Columbiana County Fair said he believes he will ride the bike that will now hang from the ceiling at Quaker Steak and Lube in Boardman.

“There’s a lot of work in that bike,” Zentner said. “You know I did everything myself. It’s all done by me. That bike is me.”

Last year Zentner told us he would race again someday, even after the accident left him a paraplegic. Zentner, who is not racing yet, said he’s just as determined now than ever.

“I actually have been riding,” he said. “I’ve got a little pit bike, a small bike to ride and strap myself on it.”

Even that would be impossible without Zentner’s extensive physical therapy, he said he does a few days per week.

“We do a lot of standing exercises,” he said. “They’ll get me up on my feet and use my braces. I’ll do some walking in my braces.”

Zentner said he wants to be pushed harder. Through research, he found Project Walk, a nontraditional physical therapy practice based outside San Diego, Calif. The therapy, however, costs $110 for 10 hours each week.

Zentner applied for a grant to cover the cost for four weeks of treatment but is aiming to stay for at least six.

He’s teamed up with Quaker Steak to help raise some of the money.

“We decided to link on with them,” said Quaker Steak Marketing Manager Kelly Gill. “They’re doing a bike run July 21 and we also did a give back night for him as well.”

The run starts at the American Legion in Columbiana and will travel 80 miles before ending up back at the Quaker Steak.

Zentner said he’s hoping to start his therapy later this year.

In the meantime, his bike will remain at Quaker Steak, ready if he’s  able to race again.

“It’s going to be kind of cool to be able to come here and see it,” Zentner said. “It’s just another part of my story.”


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