Laurie Allen, who knows a thing or two about how an accident can change the trajectory of your life, contacted me recently to let me know about a film that will premiere at South by Southwest this weekend.
The documentary film “Any One of Us” tells the story of professional mountain biker Paul Basagoitia, who suffered a spinal cord injury in 2015. It describes struggles that Paul – and Allen, and anyone living with a spinal cord injury – face after their injury.
Screenings of “Any One of Us” are scheduled for 5 p.m. March 9 at the Atom Theater at the Austin Convention Center, 7:30 p.m. at the Rollins Theatre at the Long Center, and 9 p.m. March 14 at AFS Cinema. (For more information about film showings, go here)
Allen, an avid triathlete with a host of Ironman finishes to her name, was soaking in a hot tub when she got out to cool off in 2015, the same year Basagoitia was injured. The side was icy, and with no railing to stop her, she fell 10 feet, fracturing a vertebrae and tearing ligaments in her neck.
She underwent surgery the following morning, but the damage was severe. Initially she couldn’t move anything below her shoulders, although she now has some function in her arms and hands.
Allen hasn’t given up racing. She competes in area runs using a special hand cycle. Read my story about Allen’s return to racing here.