MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Former West Virginia University wrestler Mike Wojcik will share his story about alcohol, ATVs and lessons learned at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 9 at Morgantown High School.

After graduating from college and just three weeks before he was to become a teacher, Wojcik got on the back of an ATV. Both he and the driver had been drinking and were not wearing helmets. The driver lost control of the ATV and launched Wojcik head-first into a tree.

Following three months in a coma, Wojcik woke up, and his family was told he would probably never be able to speak, walk, talk or even have the ability to remember or learn. His life was changed forever, and after a long and hard road to recovery, he now speaks out to others about the true dangers of mixing alcohol and risky behaviors in hopes of preventing accidents such as his.

“I just want everyone to know with anything and everything that happens to you in life you are given a choice. You can either use the event that occurs in your life to let it motivate you and drive you, or you can let it bring you down. We can never control what happens to us in life, but we can always control how we react to it,” Wojcik said. “If I can inspire one person or change one person’s life or make one person think before they act, it’s worth all the time and energy I put into it.”

“Messages from Mike” is sponsored by the WVU Department of Community Medicine and the Governor’s Highway Traffic Safety Program.

For more information: Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
rk: 03-05-12