9Lives Adventures

From North Shore News:


Friends Matt Thola (left) and Karim Ladki, founder of 9Lives Adventures, an adrenaline-fueled tour operator catering to the physically disabled community, take in the view from Rainbow Glacier as part of a helicopter tour of the Whistler area.
 
 

Friends Matt Thola (left) and Karim Ladki, founder of 9Lives Adventures, an adrenaline-fueled tour operator catering to the physically disabled community, take in the view from Rainbow Glacier as part of a helicopter tour of the Whistler area.

Photograph by: submitted, for North Shore News

KARIM Ladki knows firsthand how quickly life can change.

In 2007, at age 21, he experienced a car crash in Kelowna, resulting in a C7 vertebrae fracture. Having broken his neck, he faced the possibility of paralysis. A self-described "adrenaline junkie," the prospect of living the rest of his life confined to a wheelchair was all too real for the following three months he spent in recovery.

While Ladki, a 25-year-old North Vancouver resident and Handsworth secondary grad, fully recovered from his injury, he counts his blessings and isn't blind to the fact that many others aren't so lucky. He's since dedicated his life to helping others live theirs to the fullest, regardless of their level of ability.

Ladki is the founder of 9Lives Adventures, an adventure tour operator catering to people with physical disabilities. Its mission is to create opportunities for, as well as fight against the limitations often set upon, people coping with disabilities, and change the public's perception of adventure travel. Since its founding last year, 9Lives is continuing to grow as well as "raise lots of eyebrows" among members of the general public, says Ladki.













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