Happy To Be Alive
LIFE HANDED CONNOR SHAPIRO A BROKEN PELVIS, T BROKEN RIBS, A PULMONARY CONTUSION,
A FACIAL CONCUSION, A CONCUSSION AND 3 STRESS FRACTURES
THIS YOUNG MAN TURNED THEM INTO A BRIGHT FUTURE
Near Death Accident Turns Inspirational
By Lynn Fern
After young Connor Shapiro suffered a devastating injury on the ski slopes (thankfully wearing a helmet), after taking a big jump with a really bad landing, he lent a new twist to “pulling oneself up from their bootstraps”. Shapiro, rather than feeling sorry for himself since he had to begin much of his life over, even needing to learn how to walk again, he decided he was extraordinarily glad to be alive, and was going to make the most of it.
Connor would never be able to play baseball again, so he just started light working out. With a tremendous amount of work bodybuilding and returning to health, his journey turned into ” Shapiro Fitness. Connor said, ” I started it to inspire others. You have to have a good work ethic, it’s what gets you where you are in life. I don’t sit on my phone, or sit & play video games, I want to do things that are productive, to make me a better person. When I workout, I listen to music, I don’t look at social media, etc. It’s a work ethic thing for me. And, I just want to keep inspiring people to be active.”
Connor is a Senior at Cornwall Central High School who is looking at going into Health Sciences with a minor in either fitness or nutrition. Currently, he’s looking at Monmouth University or Syracuse. Connor has been contacted by a few brands that have sent him contracts to be a brand ambassador. He’s declined to do it, because for now he wants to focus more on what he already has going on, keeping things real & positive.
But, there’s more to Connor his Shapiro Fitness Program, Instagram, and inspirational online pages. Connor does work at Anytime Fitness in the evenings a couple of nights a week, but he also volunteers at the local Cornwall Volunteer Ambulance Corp, he also loves kids and therefore volunteers his time to ref basketball through the Cornwall Rec League. He refs 6-8th grade boys, 3rd-5th grade boys, and 4th-6th grade girls.
He started a fitness journey due to a life-changing experience, which was a “near-death experience”. He took that experience and turned it into a positive, inspiration for others.
(This article was contributed to by Edie Johnson. Photos provided)