Stephen Murray is a Professional BMX Rider. In June 2007, when Stephen was 27, he broke his neck while attempting his signature double backflip and sustained from a severe spinal cord injury (SCI). Stephen was left completely paralyzed from the neck down. He says, “BMX was a massive way of me expressing myself. After the accident, the BMX was done. So, my freedom of expression and communication was almost wiped out.” Almost.
Stephen was soon introduced to the Tobii PCEye Go, an eye tracker that works with standard laptops and desktop PCs. Because of the hands-free computer access the Tobii PCEye Go provides, Stephen is able to surf the web, Skype, and stay in touch with family, friends, and fans on social media with only eye movements. It has helped Stephen to regain some of his lost independence, freedom of expression, and communication.
The Tobii PCEye Go has also helped Stephan start and run two businesses, Stay Strong and the Athlete Recovery Fund (ARF). Stay Strong is Stephen’s apparel line that encourages others faced with similar challenges to his own to not give up on themselves. ARF is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds to support the medical costs of other extreme athletes injured on the job.