Cory Lee Woodard, 28, of LaFayette, Ga., was named Person of the Year on Jan. 1 by New Mobility Magazine.
“It’s the highest honor that I could ever receive”, said Mr. Woodard. As a travel blogger who rolls around the world in a wheelchair, he said he "tries to show that anything is possible with enough determination."
On his blog, Curb Free with Cory Lee (https://curbfreewithcorylee.com
), he shares wheelchair accessible travel tips and destination guides to a variety of locales.
With six continents and 29 countries currently under his belt, Mr. Woodard has turned his passion of traveling into a booming business with annual group tours, speaking engagements, and writing opportunities with publications such as National Geographic, Lonely Planet, Trivago, and more.
New Mobility Magazine has a circulation of more than 100,000 and is the leading magazine for people with disabilities. Every January, the magazine announces their Person of the Year, which is someone that has had a profound impact within the disability community.
“I have been a lifelong subscriber to New Mobility and always look forward to seeing who the Person of the Year is every January,” said Mr. Woodard. “When I found out that I was chosen as Person of the Year, I couldn’t believe it. I am absolutely ecstatic.”
He is on the cover of New Mobility Magazine’s January issue, which is available by mail to subscribers and online, and is featured in an eight page spread in the magazine.
When asked why Mr. Woodard was chosen as person of the year, New Mobility’s Executive Editor Josie Byzek said, “On the surface he is this jovial, affable guy who makes travel seem effortless, but that takes a tremendous amount of work. He’s a professional businessman who figured out his passion early and built a successful career around it.”
She added, “It’s an honor to be part of his journey, and we are pleased to add to his list of accomplishments by acknowledging him as our 2018 Person of the Year.”