At 31 years of age
Michael Glen became the first paraplegic hot air balloon pilot in the
world. The son of two public school teachers, Bill and Susie. Michael
was raised in Roswell, New Mexico, with his brother, Chris. His father
has been involved in ballooning since 1973, before Michael was born.
It seemed natural that Michael would follow in his footsteps. Michael
grew up an athlete with a thirst for challenge.
Two months after his 21st
birthday, Michael was involved in a single car rollover that left him
paralyzed from the waist down with a spinal cord injury. Nearly 10
years later, despite all the physical and mental challenges, he
accomplished his lifelong dream of becoming a balloon pilot.
Michael resides in Phoenix, AZ with his wife, Shawn. He worked in the
travel industry as the manager of a travel office. He has traveled to
the U. K., New Zealand, and almost every corner of the United States; he
is not done yet.
Along with his passion for travel, sports and ballooning, Michael has
always had a passion for making a difference in people’ s lives. Michael
is now involved in sharing his experiences through giving motivational
talks and sharing his balloon with others. Michael has also been
selected as an Ambassador for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
Michael was born in Roswell, New Mexico in January of 1975.
Played Youth Soccer and Youth Basketball
Lettered in High School Soccer and Basketball
Graduated from Roswell High School 1993
Attended Eastern New Mexico University - Roswell
Married Shawn Jefferson July, 2002
Bill Glen - Retired from Roswell Independent School District after 24 years teaching Physical Education and 10 years as a Computer Technology Specialist
Susie Glen - Assistant Professor and Educational Technologist at New Mexico Military Institute teaching Keyboarding and College First Year Experience
Chris Glen of Maricopa, AZ
Married to Jennifer Diana
Children: Gio Badini, Alyssa Badini, Owen Glen and Connor Glen
Dr. Phillip Cathey and Janet, Roswell, NM
Dr. Scott Cathey and Heather, Jack, Megan and Lilly, Colorado Springs, CO
Dr. Craig Cathey and Ashley, Roswell, NM
Mike Law and Dr. Emily Cathey-Law and Corbin, Roswell, NM
John and Pat Freeman, Albuquerque, NM
John and Connie Law, Colorado Springs, CO
Rick Massey, Las Cruces, NM
Bob and Devonne Romaneschi, Peoria, AZ
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