By: Kelly Rouba
Carpe diem—Latin for “seize the day”—is a motto Kevin Hoagland lives by. It was after he became a quadriplegic as a result of an accident at home when he was just 18 that Hoagland developed this mindset rather than letting his disability consume him.
After the accident, “the first few months were difficult,” Hoagland admits. But, “I learned very early that I had to move on with my life.” And he did.
Hoagland, who resides in New Jersey with his wife and two children, rose above the obstacles the injury put in his way to become an integral member of his community. “I enjoy making a difference, helping others, and contributing to the betterment of my community,” said Hoagland, who became founder and president of the Central Jersey Spinal Cord Association (CJSCA).