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Wheelchair-bound speaker has uplifting message for La Conner students

Todd Duitsman remembers the exact minute he went from being an active sports-oriented realtor and businessman to a paraplegic bound to a wheelchair.

He was, both literally and figuratively, riding a wave of high expectations, full of life and believing all things were possible.

But the wave crashed hard.

Five years ago, Duitsman and his family were enjoying their second Hawaiian vacation in three summers when a sudden body surfing accident profoundly altered the 45-year-old Lakewood man’s perspective.

Now the minutes that matter most to him are those in present time.

The seconds, too.

“I want...


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