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Travels Hero Spotlight - Paralympian to Inspire Patient at Children’s Specialized Hospital

Dan Monzo is an inspiration to athletes with disabilities.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Lance Vargas of Edison suffered life-threatening injuries in October of 2017.

Since then, he has been a patient at Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick, recovering after a 30-foot fall from a train trestle and contact with a power line. He sustained severe burns, and suffered an amputation to his left foot.  

Vargas is determined to get back to the outdoor sports he loves. On Feb. 22, he is receiving encouragement from Dan Monzo of Vernon.

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Monzo lost his leg in a dirt bike accident at age 15, and spent three months as a patient at Children's Specialized Hospital in Mountainside in 2005. He then learned to snowboard and pursued his Olympic dream. He became a member of the Team USA Paralympic snowboarding team, and competed at the Olympics in 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Monzo has encouraged Vargas to keep pursuing an athletic lifestyle, and never assume anything is off-limits. Monzo shares his story often with others who are recovering from life-changing injuries and facing athletic challenges.

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