My name is Mitch Murphy, I am 24 and was born in Toronto. I grew up and went to school in North Carolina. I attended Eastern Alamance High School where I was president of Key Club, French club, started TSA (Technology Student Association), was elected as the District Webmaster of the Carolinas District Key Club (North and South Carolina) as well as recipient of Microsoft's international "You Can Make a Difference" scholarship (1 of 10 recipients) and Apple Scholars scholarship my senior year.
I attended Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, OH (where I lived for the past 6 years) where I joined Zeta Beta Tau (ZBT) fraternity my freshmen year and became the secretary of ZBT my sophomore year. I really did not know what I wanted to major in, initially my major was Computer Science, then I pursued Economics, Biomedical Engineering and finally decided Computer Science was what I really wanted. A couple friends and fraternity brothers started a chapter of the international medical fraternity, Phi Delta Epsilon, which I joined and going to medical school has always been one of my ambitions even more so after I had my injury. The summer I had my accident I only had one semester of university remaining, and only 5.5 months after my spinal cord injury I enrolled for my final semester, and graduated from CWRU in May 2012.
After only being released from the hospital for a couple of months, I attended my big brother and good friend's wedding in Detroit. January of 2012 I was fitted for KAFO braces and got a walker which ever since I have been using to stand and walk. In June of 2012 one of my best friends got married, I was a groomsman and during his wedding I used my braces and walker (I never used my wheelchair!) and walked down the isle after he got married! August 2012 my older sister got married outside of Tampa, FL and during the her reception I danced with her without my braces or walker!
Before I moved to Tampa in October 2012, I officially became an American Citizen. Due to the Child Citizenship Act of 2000 I am a dual citizen of both Canada and the United States. During the first week of October 2012 my family and I moved outside of Tampa, about 10 minutes away from my older sister and only an hour and a half from Project Walk Orlando.