Taylor Baucom has a passion for telling stories
This story caught the attention of Wheel on Wings which was feature in TIME. Taylor’s story subject, Gena Buza, caught ours.
As told by Taylor, a visual journalist based in New York City:
In October 2003, six-year-old Gena Buza and her younger sister, Sophie, were riding in a car, their grandmother at the wheel, when the grandmother lost control of the vehicle and it smashed into a tree. Gena was thrown from her seat and suffered a bruised spinal cord that left her paralyzed from the chest down. She is considered quadriplegic.
One might expect that this is the beginning of a tale that ends in broken dreams and heartache. But the heartache wore off, the dreams have evolved and Gena is today a remarkable 16-year-old with a story to tell. I have been photographing “Gena, In Constant Motion” since 2012.
Photo on right by Taylor Baucom: Sue carries Gena back to her chair after having her picture taken in a patch of springtime flowers. “She’s just so strong, physically and mentally, says Gena. “Numerous years of lifting me and carrying me and pushing a wheelchair through the snow, she’s just amazing. I don’t think many people could do what she does.”
Gena shares a poem recounting a day that changed everything and about how she has rebuilt her life.
The video below was produced at the 2012 Fall Workshop at Newhouse at Syracuse University.