Rebuilding Lives After Spinal Cord Injury

Peter Zarba – 2014 Humanitarian of the Year

Peter Zarba Collage

We are honored to name Peter Zarba our 2014 Humanitarian of the Year.  He was a remarkable person who worked tirelessly to help people with disabilities reach for their dreams and regain their independence.

A car accident in his teens may have left him quadriplegic with a C6/7 injury but he did not allow his disability to limit his life in anyway.  He finished college, traveled the world, became a champion Paralympic athlete and participated in every kind of adaptive sport from kayaking and wheelchair racing to skiing, sky diving, hunting and ice fishing. He worked for Bussani Mobility for more than 30 years and sat on the boards of many local nonprofits including NYCSCIA, The true joy of his life was his family: wife Molly and their twins, Mary and Peter.  He had an army of friends and devoted brothers and sisters who would follow him anywhere.  He was fearless, compassionate and source of positive energy for everyone whose life he touched.

His good friend, Chris Lynch perhaps sums it best.

“To know Pete was to love Pete, he was such an amazing person, so full of life and goodness, so outreaching and helpful to anyone he came into contact with that needed a little lift or total assistance. He was full of love and shared it eagerly with all he came into contact with. Wherever he went people gravitated to him and his presence took over a room when he entered it. A worldwide ambassador and crusader for the disabled who was respected and heard wherever he went.”

Help us honor our very good friend and help support the work he started.  For a quick look at Peter in action, see this video from BraunAbility.

Peter Zarba Screen Shot