While attempting a snowboarding stunt in 2009, Ryan Chen fell 35 feet to the ground and suffered a severe spinal cord injury. He was instantly paralyzed from the waist down. Now 25 years old, Chen uses a wheelchair to get around. But his physical limitations haven’t stopped him from living a life full of adventure and full of joy.
This week, a photograph of Chen crowd surfing at a concert went viral on Reddit. The picture was captioned with just one word: “Happiness.”