“Pass The Bucket: Stephen Murray” is a heart-wrenching, but also very inspiring 5-minute documentary short film directed by Eliot Rausch, whose previous documentary “Last Minutes with Oden” was named Best Documentary and Best Video at the 2010 Vimeo Awards.
June 22, 2007 marked a day that the Action Sports world will remember for a lifetime, a day that forever changed the life of professional BMX rider and three-time U.S. Gold Medalist, Stephen Murray. During competition in the BMX Dirt Finals at the Dew Actions Sports Tour in Baltimore (MD), while in the midst of doing a double back flip, Murray had what has been described as one of the worst crashes ever seen in BMX competition. In that catastrophic tragedy, the incredibly talented 27 year-old athlete suffered career ending injuries to his spinal cord, which left him paralyzed below the shoulders.
Almost four years later, Murray’s life has changed drastically. Fully paralyzed, Stephen now lives a different reality, but he has come to view it as a platform to help others. He continues to embrace each day and in his own words, “stay strong.” In the documentary, Murray describes the accident he endured, the changes to his life as a result of it and what enables him to continue fighting. And in true Stephen Murray fashion, his strength and perseverance continues to inspire. Stay strong.
Through his Stay Strong Foundation and courageous determination, Stephen surprisingly has found a powerful way to pass the bucket.
This piece includes a number of high-resolution color photographs, as well as the remarkable documentary short film.
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