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Patrick Brown's friends have convinced him to participate in the 180-mile Trek Across Maine. (Source: WCSH/CNN) Patrick Brown's friends have convinced him to participate in the 180-mile Trek Across Maine. (Source: WCSH/CNN)
Brown lost part of his leg in a skydiving accident a few years ago. (Source: WCSH/CNN) Brown lost part of his leg in a skydiving accident a few years ago. (Source: WCSH/CNN)

PITTSFIELD, ME (WCSH/CNN) – Patrick Brown lost part of his leg in a skydiving accident years ago. Now he is preparing for the trek of his lifetime as he bikes 180 miles across Maine.

"With me, it was more about moving on and getting to the next step," Patrick Brown said. "I wasn't going to dwell in what's happened."

At 26 years old, Patrick knew he had plenty of life to live and losing half of his right let wasn't going to get in his way of enjoying the outdoor activities that he loves, leading him to Hanger Clinic.

"From that point we've developed a few different designs for him and came up with his last design which has worked well for him," said Hanger Clinic manager Scott Hebert said.

"Same range of motion, the only thing I'm really missing is an ankle," Brown said. "It's a little more difficult with a prosthetic than it is without, but I mean, I can still get around, I keep up with most of my friends."

His next adventure may be a bit of a struggle, keeping up with his friends after they influenced him to participate in the Trek Across Maine. Biking was never really his thing.

"I didn't think it was that exciting," Brown said. "I just decided to give it a shot; they talked me into it. I really enjoyed it. It's a great way to exercise and you get to see a lot of scenery at the same time."

He says he's a little bit nervous, because his longest bike ride so far is just 30 miles. He'll be biking 180 miles over three days in the trek.

"I feel like you just have to do it and prove to myself that I can," Brown said.

He is trying to set an example for other people who may find themselves in his position, worried that one accident may mean the end of the world for them.

"They're worried about what are they going to be able to do, what aren't they going to be able to do and the best advice I can give them is to stay 100 percent positive," Hebert said.

It's a mindset that Patrick will carry all 180 miles while biking across the Pine Tree State.

"For him, it's not been so much the prosthesis I think as much as it's been him," Hebert said. "He's just got the right attitude and he's got a lot of drive and that's really what makes a patient have a successful outcome."

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