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Dr. Sang-Mook Lee fishes Hauser Lake

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Yesterday we talked with Chris Clasby, from the University of Montana, who was preparing to go fishing with Doctor Sang-Mook Lee who is visiting the United States from Korea.

Beartooth NBC's Charlie Misra spoke with Doctor Lee before their fishing trip at Hauser Lake in this inspirational story.

If you ask those close to Dr. Lee, many will tell you that the scientist and professor of marine geophysics is all smiles. Lee is a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the neck down, but he does not let that stop him from constantly trying new things.

Lee is on trip across the United States. He stopped in Montana to spend time with a man he drew inspiration from, fellow quadriplegic Chris Clasby.

Dr. Lee says, "I came to Montana last September and unexpectedly met Chris. People told me he is same quadriplegic like myself, but doing fishing and hunting I couldn't believe it."

Lee was impressed by Clasby's drive, fearlessness and by how Clasby could do all those activities.

Lee says, "Couldn't you do something less extreme, less exceptional? And Chris said 'you know people who enjoy recreation, tend to lead a better life. They become more social and open. So recreation is not just playing. It's a part of life."

Lee has ten places of interest left on his cross-country journey, including Washington D.C. where he will meet up with some of his students. In New York he'll visit the Christopher Reeve Foundation.

Lee hopes to return to Korea by August 3 and says he's thinking of writing a book about his experiences.


Story by Charlie Misra, Beartooth NBC.
Copyright ©2012 Beartooth Communications Company. All Rights Reserved.

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