One patch of black ice changed a Dalton Gardens man's life forever, but that hasn't slowed him down from finding ways to help and inspire others.
Nick Maniscaloa, 24, was traveling home from Walla Walla to North Idaho on Jan. 27, 2008, when he lost control of his vehicle after hitting ice and slammed into a flatbed semi trailer. Nick suffered a traumatic brain injury and was in a coma for four months.
“I was alive, but I wasn't really there,” he said. “The doctors told my parents that I'd be lucky if I lived.”
Nick said the doctors estimated that he would likely never walk or talk again. When all was said and done, he spent eight months in the hospital and “immediately got out and started therapy.”
“My brother, right at the end of my program, presented me a late birthday gift,” he said. “It was to walk 365 miles in 365 days.”
From Sept. 5, 2011 to Sept. 4, 2012, Nick walked more than 365 cumulative miles “down the street and everywhere, really.”