Monday, July 30, 2007

'Just jamming out on skates'

Talking with Eli Broyld about roller skating is like talking to a pastor about his faith. Every carefully chosen word is loaded with enthusiasm.

It is hard to believe that the 28-year-old scrap-hauler from Neenah just recently put his skates back on. For almost 10 years, Broyld didn’t skate at all after several challenges in his life damaged his passion for the hardwood rink.

At the age of 15, he lost his infant daughter and her mother to a drunk driver. At the age of 16, his father was shot to death. He was also diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome, a rare heart disorder resulting in irregular and often dangerously racing heartbeats.

Just two years ago, a friend noticed Broyld’s struggles and told him that it had been far too long since he had felt a skate’s wheels roll underneath his feet. Doctors told him that he needed to stay in top physical shape. Skating, to Broyld, seemed to be the only logical medicine.

And the medicine worked.

Read the story here.
See Eli skate and hear his story in his own words here.

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