Geoff Lance

Geoff Lance

Geoff was injured in a surfing accident at age 24; the same day he was offered a job with a public relations firm in southern California. Following years of physical rehabilitation and a few trips across the country, he's back in southern California working in an office and finding new ways to give back to his community after opening a case with DOR in 2010. 

My life got saved by an off-duty life guard, who was paddling out to go surfing. Now you know you’re connected by a leash on your surfboard-- so she saw my board floating and she tugged on it and then she pulled me back up, swam me into shore and called 911 on her cell phone. There happened to be a respiratory therapist that was running on the beach that did CPR and kinda got my heart going again until the ambulance came. And then, they uh, rolled me into the hospital and expired once again and then they shocked me with the paddles and all that stuff.

The hospital called my mom... the night of my accident and you know she was... she told me she was driving down the road and they told her to pull over to the side of the road, they said you need to come out to California immediately because we don’t expect your son to live through the night...you know.

I had a scholarship to school, I mean, I... I lived a life before my accident and now I’m still living a life, I’m just living a totally different type of life. You know, I probably would have thought to my, I mean, don’t take this the wrong way. I always said to myself, if I ever became disabled, I would kill myself because I wouldn't want to have someone literally taking care of me.

But you know, you just... when it actual happens you just say, I gotta... you know, I have two choices: I can lay in bed and do nothing for the rest of my life or I have a second shot and I can get up and try to make something happen. So, that’s what I have chosen to do. Nothing really gets me down because I’m just like you know, I’ve gone through the worst of it. You know, every day I wake up and I’m able to do anything. I’m happy, so...

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