Man once brain dead is ready to walk the PigAbilities Final Mile

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. -- A Northern Kentucky man is determined to beat the odds in Saturday's PigAbilities Final Mile , part of a program that helps people with developmental disabilities complete a marathon event.

Fifteen years ago, Brad Fritz was pronounced brain dead after surviving a car accident. He'll be 30 years old in just a few days.

Many thought Fritz wouldn't live, and certainly never thought he'd compete in a race!

The accident in 1999 caused brain damage that affects his motor skills and speech.

"When I speak it just depends, sometimes long sentences and it's just like a few words," Fritz said. "I try to talk as much as possible."

So that his voice is more clear, he uses a computer to help him communicate.

"I never backed down from a challenge," Fritz said with his computer's help.

He's been practicing at home, up and down a 12-foot hallway. He's committed to Saturday's 5,280-foot victory.

"I never let life get the best of me," Fritz said.

The PigAbilities Race begins Saturday at 1 p.m. Fritz said he has a special surprise planned when he crosses the finish line.

The race is set to take off from Joe Nuxhall Way, near the main entrance to Great American Ball Park.

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