training center at Beaverton.
(Photos: Mat Barton)
Nearly two months since a freak crash in a local bike race left him paralyzed from the chest down, southeast Portland resident Mat Barton is pushing his body through physical therapy and coming to grips with his new way of life.
Mat is a married, 31-year-old graphic designer who works in the bike industry and for whom bicycling was an all-consuming passion (to an almost “unhealthy” extent he says). His crash and the severity of his injury has spurred widespread community support and the creation of the Mat Barton Recovery Fund. I recently heard from Mat about how his recovery is coming along and how he’s handling things.
“There’s good days and bad days.”