GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - 13 years ago, Andrew Blood was injured on the job while working on power lines. It was an injury that would change his life forever.
"I just was up on a pole one day and the pole broke underneath on the ground. I was attached to it and it fell over with me on it," said Blood.
After breaking his back and several other bones, Blood ended up being disabled.
"It's not easy, but it's nice when you get an opportunity like this," Blood said.
That opportunity will give those with special needs the chance of a lifetime.
After four long years, the Colorado Discover Ability's new Andrew Blood Adaptive Center has finally come to fruition.
"Having an organization like this and a place right off of the Riverfront Trail is so great. I've been dreaming of it for years and it's cool to see it happen," said Blood.
Located in Las Colonias Park, the center offers adaptive outdoor recreation opportunities for people with disabilities that include cycling, river rafting, and kayaking.
"We're currently serving about 1,000 people total. We're thinking with this new facility, we can double or triple that," said Terry Harper, Executive Director for Colorado Discover Ability.
They hope as the center continues to grow, so will the awareness surrounding the lifestyle.
"It's starting to build and people are starting to understand what sense of freedom you have when doing stuff like this," said Blood.
It's also a reminder to the disabled population to never give up.
"You'll get there. There is some light at the end of that tunnel," said Blood.
It's the light at the end of that tunnel, that brought him to where he is today.