Danny Chew, before his injury, leads a race in Pittsburgh on November 28, 2015. Chew created a race called the Dirty Dozen where they race up the 13 hardest hills throughout Pittsburgh.
Chew was transferred to the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. (RIC) is considered the best spinal cord injury rehabilitation center in the country. Chew covers himself in heated blankets in order to retain body heat. Due to the low circulation, Danny is constantly cold, his teeth are chattering, and his fingers are purple. "You know, I don't cry because I am sad anymore. I cry tears of joy because of how lucky I am to still be alive."
Chew reacts after taking a shot of prune juice before bed. "This is the worst part of every night," he said.
Chew and his mother share a house located in Squirell Hill, Pennsylvania. His cling closet is completely full of cycling clothes. "Danny never showed interest in moving out, so his father and I never pressured him to leave," said Sally Chew.
Two of Chew's nurses (who asked not to be named) assist him into his bed. The entire process of getting out of his wheelchair and into his bed took a total of 3 minutes and 52 seconds.
Chew soaks in the sun on Navy Pier in downtown Chicago, Illinois on an early November morning.
Chew's mother, Sally Chew, sits with her new cat, Spooky. To the left is Chew's bedroom. "Nothing has been touched since Danny's crash. Living without Danny has been really hard for me."
Chew speaks to the crowd of racers at the Dirty Dozen on November 26, 2016. "A million friends is better than a million miles."
Amy Garbark, 38, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, sells her T-shirts on November 26, 2016. All the money that she raises is going straight to Chew to help him pay for his medical bills.
Sue Lynch stretches Danny's leg out to prevent his muscles from locking up.
Danny exercises on an indoor track at Lifetime Plus Fitness Center. The center is owned by Jerry, and Sue Lynch, who Danny is staying with until his house in Pittsburgh is wheelchair accessible. "These miles still count because it's all man powered" he said.